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.
Jodie has worked in both the public and private sectors for over 25 years. Following her start as a commercial real estate and community development credit analyst, Jodie served as president of a small non-profit consulting firm providing technical assistance and education to small businesses and entrepreneurs. She spent several years in the Strategy and Business Architecture division of Accenture, LLC, working with a range of clients including financial institutions, nonprofits and technology companies. Jodie has extensive experience in policy research, and worked as a policy analyst with New York University's Institute for Education and Social Policy, and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she focused on low-income food programs.
Jodie joined Treasury in 2007 as an Associate Program Manager with the CDFI Fund, and later served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the CDFI Fund. During her time with Treasury, she has managed grant programs and developed legislative and policy proposals for a wide range of issues with a focus on access to capital, community development banking, and financial inclusion. Most recently, as the Director of Treasury's Office of Small Business, Community Development and Affordable Housing Policy, Jodie led a team of policy analysts in the development of policies and programs that support community and economic development nationwide.
Jodie originally hails from Philadelphia and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland. She holds a MBA and MPA from New York University.
Speeches by Jodie Harris
Keynote Address by CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris at the 2019 Opportunity Finance Network Conference
Thank you for that kind introduction, Donna. Thank you to Lisa Mensah and the OFN Board of Directors for the invitation to join you this afternoon. It is great to have OFN here in DC. It is also a true honor and privilege to be addressing all of you, the OFN membership, for the first time in my role as Director. Thank you all for having me.
Chairman Hoeven, Vice Chairman Udall, and Members of the Committee: thank you for the opportunity to testify during today's hearing entitled "Building out Indian Country: Tools for Community Development." My name is Jodie Harris. I am Director of the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).
Thank you Robert for that introduction.
Hello. I am Jodie Harris, Director of the CDFI Fund. It is a pleasure to finally join OFN, in person, for its 2022 Annual Conference. Thank you to OFN for the invitation to be with you here in New York City.