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CDFI STAFF

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

Jodie Harris

Director

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 tech...

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. His work for the Senator to expand refinancing opportunities led to over 2 million struggling homeowners being able to refinance their mortgages at historically low rates, and he led efforts in the Senate to push the Federal Housing Finance Agency to fund the Housing Tr...

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.  Prior to working at the CDFI Fund, Mr. Nolan was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer in the Department of Administration and Finance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency focused on fighting global poverty. Prior to Millennium Challenge Corporation, Mr. Nolan served at th...

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. Sigal?s expertise as a community development policy analyst and innovator served her well as the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Council of State Community Development Agencies, an Affordable Housing Policy Analyst for the National Association of Housing and ...

ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS

Telma Holmes

Manager

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.Prior to the CDFI Fund, Ms. Holmes was the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) of the Treasury Foreign Intelligence Network (TFIN) where she was responsible for developing and ...

CAPITAL MAGNET FUND

Daniel Aiello

Program Manager

Mr. Daniel Aiello is the Program Manager for the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF). Prior to becoming Program Manager, he served as CMF Associate Program Manager. In that role, he managed the Capital Magnet Fund funding round, including drafting funding notices, application materials, and program policies; developing review processes and criteria; and overseeing the development of the necessary IT systems. Prior to transitioning to CMF, he was a Senior Policy and Program Officer for the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program). In this role, Mr. Aiello had a variety of responsibilities related to the administration of the NMTC Program, including reviewing tax credit applications and conducting policy analyses. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, h...

CDFI BOND GUARANTEE 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. Susan brings with her an extensive knowledge of the many aspects of lending, loan servicing, compliance and loan administration, as well as a deep background and training in federal personnel management. She holds a bachelor?s degree in business administration. ...

CDFI PROGRAM AND NATIVE INITIATIVES

Amber Kuchar-Bell

Program Manager

Amber Kuchar-Bell is the CDFI Program and NACA Program Manager at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Amber was an investment officer for the Calvert Foundation, a CDFI, where she managed a $68 million investment portfolio of CDFIs including Native CDFIs, CDEs, and social enterprise organizations. Before joining Calvert Foundation, Amber worked at NCB Capital Impact, also a CDFI, as a commercial loan underwriter where she underwrote loans for healthcare centers, affordable housing cooperatives, and charter schools. Early in her career, Amber was an Export and Marketing Associate for a coffee cooperative in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and Sr. Consumer Lending Loan Officer at Bay Federal Credit Un...

CERTIFICATION, COMPLIANCE MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Tanya McInnis

Manager

Tanya McInnis is the Program Manager for the Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation unit. As such, she is responsible for management of the CDFI Fund?s certification program, compliance reporting, and monitoring functions. Previously, Ms. McInnis served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director at the CDFI Fund. In this capacity, she advised and supported the Director and Deputy Director and planned, directed, coordinated, and evaluated the day-to-day administrative, financial, and operational activities for the organization. Her areas of responsibility included policy development and implementation, strategic planning, budget development, internal controls, and enhanced business operations and award programs. She has also ser...

CFO

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. Karen came to Treasury in 1997 as a secretary in the Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and later received her Bachelor?s degree in Accounting, transitioning into the Office of Financial Management in 2000 as an accountant resp...

FINANCIAL STRATEGIES AND RESEARCH

Greg Bischak

Program Manager

Greg Bischak manages the Office of Financial Strategies and Research at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. He oversees research and analysis related to programmatic activity, development of performance data and strategic research to ensure effective implementation of the CDFI Fund mission. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, he was a senior economist for the Appalachian Regional Commission where he directed economic development research. Mr. Bischak served as executive director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament and was for developing public education and policy research on economic conversion, defense employment impacts, disarmament and industrial policy. He was also an economic professo...

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. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund in February 2011, Mr. Markovitz spent over 20 years working in the IT field within the Federal government. Most recently, Mr. Markovitz spent seven years at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, he served as the Foundation?s Chief Enterprise Architect, Senior Agency Information Security Officer, and Chief of the Security, Architecture, Policy and Plans branch. Prior to NSF, Mr. M...

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. Noel was most recently the lead attorney for the CDFI Fund?s CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, where she was instrumental in the legal structuring of the program from inception and the drafting of the regulati...

LEGISLATIVE AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Jason Boehlert

Manager

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). He has also held government relations positions with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He holds an...

NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT PROGRAM AND BANK ENTERPRISE AWARD PROGRAM

Christopher Allison

Program Manager

Christopher Allison is the Program Manager for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and the Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) Programs 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.Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Mr. Allison was a Program Manager at Single Stop USA, where he oversaw grant and performance management for a national portfolio of community-based organizations related to income supports. He worked on severa...