Advisory Board

David Dodd
President, mind DADCO Consulting, Inc.
President, Yuma Transportation and Logistics Group, Inc.
President, Confluence Advisors, Inc.

 

Mr. Dodd has a broad base of expertise in the fields of economic development, finance and technology commercialization. He is a pioneer in the principles of competitive advantage through what he terms “collaborative development.” In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mr. Dodd led the organization and implementation of the Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum, which was sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Economic Development Council, and the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

 

Mr. Dodd earned degrees in economics and finance from Louisiana Tech University and has completed studies at the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. He is a Certified Economic Developer and attended the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute before becoming one of its highest-rated faculty members.

 

 

Wil Jacobs

Principal, Jacobs Services

 

Mr. Jacobs serves as the Principal for Jacobs Services, located in a LIC, which delivers disaster recovery services to states and municipalities impacted by Superstorm Sandy related to the deployment of Community Development Block Grant funding (CDBG) and related planning. In addition he is a Board Member of Reconcile New Orleans and Crescent City Community Land Trust of New Orleans.

 

Previously, Mr. Jacobs was the Housing Policy Director, State of Louisiana Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit. He was responsible for coordinating policy development and implementation for the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), the planning and coordinating body created in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita to plan for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana. LRA guides nearly $8 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds to restore housing in the state.

 

Mr. Jacobs worked in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies to implement a housing tax credit program that created mixed-income housing developments and  established a small rental repair program to restore rental housing units.

 

 

Leslie Lane
Senior Vice President, Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation

 

Mr. Lane is Senior Vice President of the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to be the catalyst in the creation of an environment that will attract, develop and retain entrepreneurial opportunities within Arkansas.  Formed as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Foundation’s primary educates entrepreneurs and generates economic development.

 

 

L. Ray Moncrief
Executive Vice President & COO, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

 

Mr. Moncrief is responsible for all Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation investing activities.  He has extensive experience in community development with a focus on small business, the South and rural communities.

 

Mr. Moncrief is a member of the Southern Appalachian Management Company and a General Partner of Meritus Ventures, which makes equity investments in small businesses in accordance with Rural Business Investment Company regulations.  He serves on numerous boards, including the Community Development Advisory Board, which provides counsel on CDFI policies, activities and programs.

 

 

Sandra Pearson
Executive Director & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Michigan

 

Ms. Pearson, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Michigan, has been with the organization for three years helping achieve Habitat’s mission of providing decent, affordable housing to those in need.  Ms. Pearson is the co-author of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, which gained national recognition due to its unique emphasis on creating partnerships and long-term strategies for successful home ownership.

 

 

Karl F. Seidman
Economic Development Specialist
Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Mr. Seidman is an economic development practitioner with 20 years of experience in program design/management, real estate strategy and finance and project development. He is also Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he teaches Economic Development Finance and Economic Development Planning.

 

Mr. Seidman served as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Massachusetts Government Land Bank (now MassDevelopment), a state agency that finances and manages redevelopment projects. Prior posts included Senior Associate at Mt. Auburn Associates, Research Director for the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Taxation and the Joint Committee on Commerce & Labor, and Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of Watertown.

 

Mr. Seidman earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelors in Political Science from Amherst College. He is the author of a comprehensive textbook on economic development finance, as well as a guide to neighborhood commercial district revitalization. He is also editor of a book on defense conversion for economic development practitioners and a frequent conference speaker.

 

 

Keith Timko
Associate Executive Director, Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy

 

As Associate Executive Director, Keith is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and will work on the development of new business for the Support Center. Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy is a community-based organization. The mission of the organization is to work directly with leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and their organizations – increasing effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity – helping them to better serve their clients and communities.

 

Previously, Mr. Timko was Vice President of Real Estate overseeing a range of real estate developments for the New Jersey-based nonprofit Real Estate Advisory and Development Services (READS) organization, including charter schools, supportive housing and manufactured housing projects.  Prior to joining READS, Mr. Timko worked with Living Cities, a national funders collaborative, on outreach to local, state and national decision-makers in support of programs that positively impact urban neighborhoods and their residents.

 

 

Kurt Weigle
President & CEO, New Orleans Downtown Development District

 

Mr. Weigle has been President and CEO of the Downtown Development District of New Orleans since 2003.   During his tenure, the organization has implemented its Canal Street Development strategy resulting in millions of dollars of new residential and retail investment.  Under Mr. Weigle’s leadership, the Downtown Development District has been instrumental in securing commitment for the University Medical Center and VA Medical Center. Since 2006, Downtown New Orleans has attracted more than $3.7 billion of new investment.

 

Mr. Weigle serves on the boards of the International Downtown Association, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation, Committee for a Better New Orleans, Health Education Authority of Louisiana and New Orleans Medical Complex.  He is also an associate member of the Urban Land Institute.  Mr. Weigle earned his Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

 

 

Joe Wesolowski
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Community Investment

 

Mr. Wesolowski is Senior Vice President for Enterprise Community Investment’s Diversified Financial Products Group.  He directs and oversees the New Markets Tax Credit program and takes an active role in the management of daily operations of Enterprise’s various multifamily mortgage debt programs.

 

Mr. Wesolowski is responsible for fund management, investor relations, investor reporting, loan servicing, and Community Development Entity compliance. A seasoned real estate professional with more than 30 years experience, Mr. Wesolowski is a Certified Public Accountant with proven expertise in financial management, strategic planning, deal structuring and negotiation, leasing and dispositions. Prior to joining Enterprise in 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer of USF&G Realty Advisors, Inc., where he oversaw all financial operations.  Mr. Wesolowski earned his Bachelors in Accounting from Loyola College, where he graduated summa cum laude.