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Tribute to Linda G. Davenport, Former CPDC Board Chair

It is with heavy hearts that CPDC bids farewell to our beloved Board Chair, Linda G. Davenport. 

Linda passed away on April 17, 2017.   She joined our Board of Directors in 2014 and was appointed Chair in early 2015. 

Linda’s commitment to CPDC and to the broader housing and community development field was immeasurable.  Through her strong leadership, the organization has advanced one of our most aggressive strategic plans to date and has served as a community developer in key markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Linda’s housing, community and economic development experience ran deep.  Most recently, operating her own consulting firm she represented and advised organizations on strategies to access funding, including through the New Markets Tax Credit Program, the CDFI Financial and Technical Assistance programs, and other CDFI or Treasury programs. 

Linda joined the CDFI Fund in 2002 to manage the New Markets Tax Credit Program.  She later served as Deputy Director of Policy and Programs at the CDFI Fund.   Prior to leaving Treasury she was involved in the Fund’s initial planning for the implementation of the Capital Magnet Fund and with Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), principally developing and accessing strategies to prevent home mortgage foreclosures.  

Upon leaving the CDFI Fund she began her consulting career at Rapoza Associates before forming Linda Davenport Associates. 

Prior to her service at the Treasury Department, Linda was with Fannie Mae, as it launched the American Communities Fund, which invested equity in hard to finance community revitalization transactions. 

Linda’s long career in housing and community development began with her work at the National Housing Partnership.

Linda was a graduate of Michigan State University, and received her J.D. from California Western School of Law.

We celebrate Linda’s accomplishments to housing and community development and will continue to honor her legacy through our steadfast commitment to affordability and equitable communities.


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