Jodie Harris was recently appointed Director of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Harris joined Treasury in 2007 as an associate program manager with the CDFI Fund and later served as senior advisor to the director. During her time with Treasury, she has managed grant programs and developed legislative and policy proposals for a wide range of issues with a focus on access to capital, community development banking and financial inclusion. Her most recent position at Treasury was Director of Small Business, Community Development and Affordable Housing Policy.
Harris 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, she served as president of a small non-profit consulting firm providing technical assistance and education to small businesses and entrepreneurs. She spent several years in the Strategy and Business Architecture division of Accenture, LLC, working with a range of clients including financial institutions, nonprofits and technology companies. She has extensive experience in policy research and worked as a policy analyst with New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she focused on low-income food programs.
She originally hails from Philadelphia and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland. She also holds both a MBA and MPA from New York University. Congratulations, Jodie!