CDFI Staff

Office of The Director

Jodie Harris


Jodie Harris is the Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The CDFI Fund generates economic growth and opportunity in some of our nation's most distressed communities. By offering tailored resources and innovative programs that invest federal dollars alongside private sector capital, the CDFI Fund serves mission-driven financial institutions that take a market-based approach to supporting economically disadvantaged communities.

Office of The Director

Jeff Merkowitz

Senior Advisor

Jeff Merkowitz is Senior Advisor to CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris and brings over two decades of both policy and direct, on the ground experience in the areas of housing finance and community development. He previously served as Director of Operations and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, where he was responsible for crafting the Senator's policy responses to both the foreclosure crisis and the longstanding shortage of affordable housing in California.

Office of The Deputy Director

Dennis Nolan

Deputy Director

Dennis Nolan joined the CDFI Fund in October 2011. As Deputy Director for Finance and Operations, Mr. Nolan is responsible for taking the lead in developing policies, operating procedures, internal controls, and short- and long-term strategic plans. With years of experience in community and economic development policies, administration and finance, Mr. Nolan helps ensure the success and longevity of the CDFI Fund and its programs. 

Office of The Deputy Director

Marcia Sigal

Deputy Director

Marcia Sigal is the Deputy Director for Policy and Programs for the CDFI Fund, where she oversees the efforts of all of the CDFI Fund's award programs in support of the CDFI Fund's strategic vision. She previously served as the Program Manager of the Capital Magnet Fund. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Ms. Sigal was the Director of the Program Policy Division for the Office of Affordable Housing Programs in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms.

Administrative Operations

Telma Holmes


Telma Holmes is the Operations Manager of the CDFI Fund and oversees the management of the Fund's infrastructure, including human resources, acquisitions, property, equipment, space logistics, safety, travel, and training. Since joining the Operations team in 2011, she has been the Fund's Small Business Specialist, providing advice to the program offices on procuring small business and informing small business owners on procurement opportunities within the CDFI Fund. She began her career at the CDFI Fund in 2009, serving as Chief Information Officer.


Karen Miller

Financial Manager

Karen Miller is the Financial Manager for the CDFI Fund, having the responsibility of managing the budget execution, formulating the President's Budget, oversight of the monthly financial statements, the CDFI Fund's yearly audit, and preparing their annual financial report (AFR). Her team provides support to all areas of the CDFI Fund, ensuring proper use of appropriated funds, the availability of funds, and responding to various data calls that come out of Departmental Offices, Department of the Treasury.

Financial Strategies and Research

Oscar Gonzales

Acting Program Manager

Oscar Gonzales is a researcher and Associate Manager for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). Mr. Gonzales currently serves as the Acting Program Manager for the CDFI Fund’s Office of Financial Strategy and Research.

Information Technology

Paul Markovitz

Chief Information Officer

Paul Markovitz serves as the Chief Information Officer at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. He guides the CDFI Fund in the development and design of innovative information technology by working with CDFI Fund staff to improve business practices and pursue new methods of collaboration and decision-making.

Legal Counsel

Denise Noel

Legal Counsel

Denise N. Noel is Legal Counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) and in that role functions as lead counsel on all legal matters related to the CDFI Fund's policies, programs, and administration. Prior to being named Legal Counsel in 2017, Ms. Noel was an Attorney/Advisor to the CDFI Fund and served as lead attorney for numerous CDFI Fund programs and initiatives, including the CDFI Program, Native American CDFI Assistance Program, the Bank Enterprise Award Program, and the CDFI Fund Prize Challenge. Ms.

Legislative and External Affairs

Jason Boehlert


Jason Boehlert is the Program Manager for Legislative and External Affairs for the CDFI Fund. In this role he oversees the CDFI Fund's Congressional and public affairs activities. He has over 20 years legislative and communications experience in the housing, community development, and economic development sectors. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, he served as Executive Director of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) and National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED).

Capital Magnet Fund

Paula Sampson

Acting Program Manager

Paula Sampson is currently the Acting Program Manager and Senior Program Advisor to the Capital Magnet Fund at the CDFI Fund. She has been with the Fund since 2017 and has an extensive background in affordable housing development and finance at the local, state and national levels.

CDFI Bond Guaranetee Program

Susan Suckfiel

Program Manager

Susan Suckfiel is the Program Manager for the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program at the CDFI Fund. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Susan managed the Office of Portfolio Management at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) where she was responsible for the management and compliance of the SBA?s $120 billion portfolio of direct and guaranteed loans, including oversight of the servicing for the SBA disaster, 504, and 7(a) loan programs.

CDFI Program and Native Initiatives

Andrew Schlack

Acting Program Manager

Andrew Schlack currently serves as the Acting CDFI Program and NACA Program Manager at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

Andrew Schlack joined the CDFI Program and NACA Program in April 2017 and has served as Associate Program Manager (APM) since October 2018.

Depository Institutions Initiatives

Tanya McInnis

Program Manager

Tanya McInnis is the Program Manager of the Depository Institutions Initiatives unit. As such, she is responsible for the management of Bank Enterprise Award and Small Dollar Loan Programs. Prior to this, she was the Program Manager of the Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation unit and was responsible for management of the CDFI Fund’s certification program, compliance reporting, and monitoring functions. Previously, Ms.

New Markets Tax Credit Program

Christopher Allison

Program Manager

Christopher Allison is the Program Manager for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). Mr. Allison previously served as Associate Program Manager for the NMTC Program. He oversaw the development of NMTC application materials, led the implementation of the NMTC evaluation process in the CDFI Fund's new Awards Management Information System (AMIS), and made recommendations for tax credit allocations.