New Markets Tax Credit Conference

Novogradac & Company

"Community Impact"

Washington, D.C.

June 2013


New Markets Tax Credit Conference

Novogradac & Company

"Community Impact - Tracking and Monitoring"

San Diego, CA

January 2013


New Markets Tax Credit Conference

Novogradac & Company

"Life Cycle of a NMTC Transaction"

New Orleans, LA

October 2012


New Markets Tax Credit Conference

Novogradac & Company

"Attracting and Working with Investors"

San Diego, CA

January 2012


New Markets Tax Credit Investors Conference

Novogradac & Company

“Seeking NMTCs for Real Estate Projects: The Who, Where and Why – General Trends”

Chicago, IL

October 2011


New Markets Tax Credit Coalition

Congressional Briefing

“NMTC at Work: Haven for Hope” Project Profile

October 2011


FEED 2011 Conference

The International Forum on Strategic Studies for Agriculture and Livestock Development and Respect for the Climate

– Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA)

“Financing Agricultural Solutions to Feed 9 Billion People”

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

September 2011


New Markets Tax Credit Conference

Novogradac & Company

“Community Impact”

San Diego, CA

January 2011


Summer New Markets Tax Credit Symposium

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association

“Using NMTCs to Achieve Comprehensive Neighborhood Redevelopment”

Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA

July 2010


9th Annual New Markets Tax Credit Spring Conference

Novogradac & Company

“The Art of the Deal: Taking Control”

Washington, D.C.

June 2010


2010 CDFA Annual Development Finance Summit

Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)

“Summit Opening:  Municipal Finance Under the Microscope”

Portland, OR

May 2010


2010 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Forum

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI)

“GO Zone Allocations and Investments”

New Orleans, LA

March 2010


Growth Strategies for Life Sciences Companies

San Antonio Symposium

“Financing Challenges for Early Stage Life Sciences Companies”

San Antonio, TX

March 2009


New Markets Tax Credits Symposium

National  Housing & Rehabilitation Association

“Leveraging New Market Tax Credits for Educational Facilities: National New Markets Fund, LLC, Argonaut  Redevelopment”

Key Largo, FL

March 2009


Green Building Finance & Investment Forum West

InfoCast, Inc.

“Triple Bottom Line and Green Funds”

San Francisco, CA

March 2009


Investing With Impact

Wall Street Without Walls, Milken Institute

“Mission-Related and Program-Related Investing”

Los Angeles, CA

February 2009


10th Annual Endowment & Foundation Forum

Opal Financial Group

“Trends in Asset Allocation for Endowments and Foundations”

Boston, MA

October 2008


Region VI – Southwest Conference

National Community Development Association (NCDA)

“Strengthening Communities Through Community-Based Economic Development Initiatives”

Shreveport, LA

October 2008


Green Building Finance & Investments Forum

InfoCast, Inc.

“Emerging Green Funds”

New York, NY

September 2008


The Federal Reserve Inner-City Investing

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Faith-Based Pension Funds

“The Experience of Fund Managers”

San Francisco, CA

August 2008


Pension Funds: Investing to Build Strong and Sustainable Communities

Harvard University

“Delivering Social and Environmental Impacts: Measures & Outcomes”

Cambridge, MA

June 2008


Emerging Managers Summit

The Opal Group

“Investing in Domestic Emerging Markets/ETI”

Chicago, IL

May 2008


Mission Related Investment

New York  Society of Security Analysts

“Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes: Diversification in ESG Investing”

Chicago, IL

May 2008


2008 Global Conference

The Milken Institute

“Green is Green: Remaking Business in the Age of Sustainability”

Los Angeles, CA

April 2008


RPI Forum: Building the Field

Institute for Responsible Investment (Boston College)

“Research  & Agenda-Setting –The Future of RPI”

Boston, MA

March 2008


Urban Marketplace Roundtable

Urban Land Institute

“Green  Money “

Los Angeles, CA

March 2008


Green Prints Conference

South Face Organization

“The Color of Money is Green”

Atlanta, GA

March 2008


Green Building Forum

InfoCast, Inc.

“TBL, Mission-Driven Fund Perspectives”

San Francisco, CA

February 2008


Zero Trade-Off Conference

“Investment Opportunities in Private Equity: Emerging Domestic Markets”

Washington, D.C.

December 2007


SRI in the Rockies Conference

SRI in the Rockies

“Community Investing Today: Market Rate Opportunities Across Asset Classes”

Albuquerque, NM

November 2007


Economic Development in the 21st Century: New Leadership, New Models

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

“DBL: A Paradigm for Smart Growth”

Phoenix, AZ

September 2007


Rebuilding Communities After Hurricane Katrina: Affordable Housing and Economic Development on the Gulf Coast

Institute for Professional and Executive Development, Inc.  (iPed)

“Overcoming Obstacles to Redevelopment: Putting All the Tools to Work”

St. Petersburg, FL

May 2007


2007 Milken Global Conference

The Milken Institute

“Domestic Emerging Markets Creating a Knowledge Base for Urban Real Estate Investment”

Los Angeles, CA

April 2007


Family Foundation Council

Council on Foundations

“Maximize Returns: How to Align Financial Objectives with Philanthropic Mission”

Baltimore, MD

February 2007


57th Annual Conference

Council on Foundations

“Mobilizing Capital for Inner City Revitalization: Challenges and New Directions”

Philadelphia, PA

August 2006


DEMI Spring Forum

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

“Domestic Emerging Markets: Creating a Knowledge Base for Urban Real Estate Investment”

Newark, NJ

April 2006


Community Development Conference

Institute for Professional and Executive Development, Inc.  (iPed)

“Double Bottom Line Investment Funds: Case Study of Genesis Work Housing Fund”

Portland, OR

October 2005


56th Annual Conference

Council on Foundations

“Maximize  Returns:  How to Align Financial Objectives with Philanthropic Mission”

Pittsburgh, PA

May 2005

Deborah La Franchi, President & CEO
MBA,  UCLA Anderson School of Management
MA, Public Policy (MPP), Georgetown University
BA, Political Science & History, UCLA


Deborah La Franchi is founder/CEO of Strategic Development Solutions (SDS). Ms. La Franchi founded SDS in 2001 and is a leader within the Double/Triple Bottom Line (“DBL/TBL”) fund industry. These funds seek market rates of return (1st Bottom Line) by investing in emerging lower-income communities that have strong capital demands and growth potential, and where the investments foster economic development (2nd Bottom Line). Through SDS’ earlier consulting efforts, Ms. La Franchi has helped structure and capitalize DBL/TBL funds (including their successor funds) capitalized at $668 million. These funds include commercial real estate, workforce housing, middle-market companies and microfinance. Since 2005, Ms. La Franchi positioned SDS such that it manages three distinct impact funds: National New Markets Fund ($477 million), the Develop Michigan Real Estate Fund ($60 million) and the American South Real Estate Fund ($30 million).


She also launched a proprietary, standardized investment management platform to efficiently handle compliance, accounting, loan servicing, investor reporting and asset management services for more than $300 million of third-party impact funds. She is the co-author of the DBL Handbook (Ford Foundation sponsor) and she is a regular speaker at impact and investment conferences.


Ms. La Franchi served as Mayor Riordan’s Asst. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in the late 90s (Los Angeles); in this capacity, she spearheaded the launch and later became inaugural CEO of Genesis LA, which launched the Genesis Family of Funds (1999-2001) which included some of the first DBL impact funds in the U.S.





Ms. La Franchi is a regular speaker at conferences across the country and internationally and she is a co-author of the Double Bottom Line Handbook funded by the Ford Foundation. Ms. La Franchi serves as the Chair of Sustainable Communities Fund (www.tscfund.org), a nonprofit she helped to found in 2007 to invest in cutting-edge micro finance programs in the United States and internationally. Ms. La Franchi is also a Board Member of the NMTC Coalition. Ms. La Franchi also served as a Big Sister mentor for 8 years and is a former member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors. Her love of travel and adventure led her to spend an aggregate of more than two years back-packing through Europe, Central Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.