Cathie Mahon

Cathie Mahon oversees all of the Federation’s programmatic and investment activities. Ms. Mahon was selected as the President/CEO following a nationwide executive search and joined the Federation on October 1, 2012. She is committed to continuing the Federation’s role of bridging the credit union movement to the community development field, promoting financial inclusion and identifying and connecting credit unions to unserved and untapped markets and…Read More

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Eben Sheaffer
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Investment Officer

Eben Sheaffer is the Federation’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer.  For the past three years Eben has served as the President of Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, a $9 million full-service credit union and Federation member located in New York, NY.  Eben also serves as the Board Treasurer for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.  Eben began his career in the investment industry in 1999.  He has worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Aurarian Capital Management, as a Financial Modeling Consultant for Thomson Financial, and…Read More

Pablo DeFilippiCUDE
Vice President of Membership and Business Development

Pablo DeFilippi leads the Federation’s membership development and engagement strategies and manages CU Breakthrough, a network of community development finance practitioners that provide valuable consulting services to CDCUs. Mr. DeFilippi has more than 20 years of experience in community finance, working with regulated financial institutions both in the domestic and international arena. Originally from Chile, DeFilippi came to the US in the early 90s and…Read More

Pam Owens
Pamela OwensCUDE
Vice President, Programs

As Vice President of Programs, Pamela Owens oversees the Federation’s Initiatives, supporting CDCUs’ delivery of products and services to underserved communities through training, innovative product development, and technical assistance. Ms. Owens leads the Building Economic Strength Together (BEST) Disability Outreach Initiative and the Cooperative Finance Leadership for America (CFLA) Program. She joined the Federation to develop and coordinate the Federation’s CDCU Institute™, a training program specific to credit unions serving low- and moderate-income communities with over 180 graduates since its inception in 1999. Ms. Owens also…Read More


Oulga Caesar
Oulga Caesar
Office Manager

Oulga Caesar is the Office Operations Manager responsible for general office management, the supervision of clerical staff and providing administrative support. Before joining the Federation in 2000, Oulga worked at a community organization that promoted child development; there she monitored and evaluated case progress for young children with short-term illnesses. Oulga is…Read More

Jason Chang
Program Associate

Jason Chang is a Program Associate with the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Jason works on the Federation’s various initiatives and programs designed to provide products and services to underserved communities and coordinates activities of the New York State CDFI Coalition. He has in the past worked with NGOs to foster international relations and…Read More

Sandra Gomez

Sandra Gomez

Sandra Gomez is the Federation’s Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, supporting all staff with their administrative needs.  With the Federation since 2009, Sandra’s many duties include customer service, data entry and assistance in the preparation of conference and training materials…Read More

Alice Greenwald
Alice Greenwald
Interim Director, Community Development Investment Program

Alice Greenwald has overall responsibility for raising investment capital and managing the Federation’s portfolio of investments in CDCUs, and also for managing the Federation’s CDCU Mortgage Center’s secondary market program. Ms. Greenwald joined the Federation in 2004 after 16 years at the IBM Corporation, where she served as Manager of U.S. Customer Financing Credit and as a manager of Treasury Strategy and Financing. In the former capacity, she led a team of 10 financial professionals in the assessment and underwriting of leases and loans ranging from $300,000 to…Read More

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Valerie HarrisonCUDE
Senior Program Officer

Valerie Harrison is responsible for coordinating education and training programs for credit unions in areas such as financial literacy, credit union operations and outreach to low-to-moderate income communities. Since joining the Federation in 2000, Ms. Harrison has managed local and national projects for the Federation including its Faith-based and Small Credit Union Networks.  Ms. Harrison also coordinates the Federation’s Annual Conferences.  Prior to joining the Federation…Read More

Cathi Kim
Financial Analyst

Cathi Kim is a Senior Analyst with the Community Development Investments Program at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Cathi’s work at the Federation focuses on portfolio management and researching financial trends and services to low-and moderate-income communities. Prior, Cathi worked on housing and immigrant rights campaigns and complex civil litigations. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and…Read More

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Irene E. Prince
Fiscal Officer/Director of Operations

Irene E. Prince first came to the Federation in the fall of 1988 to assist the late Deputy Director Annie W. Vamper in accounting, operations and business administration. In addition to these primary functions, she has served in numerous other capacities, including developing the Federation’s fringe benefit package and the management of the Capitalization Deposit Program.  With over 30 years’ experience in Business Administration, Irene is currently responsible for fiscal and administrative support staff, Operations, and Human Resource development and benefits administration. Ms. Prince studied in Paris at the Institute of Economics and Political Science and holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University….Read More

Terry Ratigan
Senior Development Consultant

Terry Ratigan leads the Federation’s fundraising efforts and plays an important role in program development, training, technical assistance, managing the Federation’s Housing Counseling Network and the Federation’s advocacy work. He is also a member of the CU Breakthrough consulting services team, providing expertise on CDFI certification, recertification, grant writing, strategic planning CDCUs around the country. In 2008, Mr. Ratigan worked with Bill Myers to develop the Emerging Markets Review (EMR), an analytical tool that…Read More

Clarissa Ritter
Director, Marketing and Communications

Clarissa Ritter is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Federation, where her responsibilities include the Federation’s communications and increasing the visibility of the Federation’s programs. She joined the Federation in 2013 with 15+ years of corporate and agency marketing experience in financial services, publishing and retail. After working with UNICEF on grassroots fundraising and education in the US at the start of her career, Clarissa moved to…Read More

Ann Solomon
Strategic Initiatives Manager

Ann Solomon plays an integral role in the development of the Federation’s Strategic Plan and facilitates the coordination of Federation staff and resources to support the achievement of organizational goals. As Strategic Initiatives Manager, Ann is also responsible for designing and, in some cases, overseeing new and special initiatives such as the Federation’s Housing Counseling Network and….Read More

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