Denise Noel

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 regulations. To date, Ms. Noel has closed over $1.5 billion dollars in Bond Guarantee Program transactions. During her tenure at the CDFI Fund, Ms. Noel has received the CDFI Fund's Director's award for Outstanding Leadership, as well as the U.S Department of the Treasury's Certificate for Effective and Efficient Operations in Treasury's Legal Division. Ms. Noel is also a Partnership for Public Service Excellence in Government Fellow. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Ms. Noel was an attorney in private practice with O'Melveny and Myers LLP. Ms. Noel has a Bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from the Florida State University College of Business, and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School. She is a member of District of Columbia Bar and the State of Maryland Bar.