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Katherine Easterly Martey Named CDFA’s Executive Director

Concord – The Board of Directors of the Community Development Finance Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Easterly Martey as Executive Director, effective immediately. The decision underscores Martey’s significant contributions to the organization and the Board of Director’s confidence she will continue to serve as an excellent steward of CDFA’s mission.

“CDFA has the opportunity to continue to positively impact New Hampshire communities, build public-private partnerships and provide increased access to economic opportunities for individuals and small businesses,” stated Martey. “I look forward to bringing my passion for this work to the Executive Director position and collaborating with our partners across the state to accomplish these goals.”

Martey has served CDFA since 2011, most recently as the organization’s Chief Program Officer. In that position, Martey provided leadership and strategic direction across CDFA’s programs, guiding program management, policy direction and partnership development. During that time, Martey continued to serve as Director of Economic Development, a position she’s held since 2013. Under her leadership, CDFA has developed new strategic partnerships and expanded its statewide collaboration to further community development initiatives.

“We are excited that Katherine’s passion for community development will enable CDFA to continue strengthening New Hampshire communities and impacting its people,” stated Robert Tourigny, Chair of CDFA’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to working with Katherine and are confident in her ability to lead the organization to meet the evolving community development needs statewide.”

Prior to joining CDFA, Martey had more than 10 years of experience in community development, including affordable housing development, as well as neighborhood planning and revitalization. Her success bringing together local, state and federal resources resulted in the development of more than 100 units of housing, 50,000 square feet of commercial space and creation of two neighborhood plans that brought more than four million dollars of investment to the community. Martey’s experience includes time at several NeighborWorks organization’s including: Lawrence CommunityWorks in Lawrence, Mass.; Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell, Mass.; and Home HeadQuarters, Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y.

Martey is a native of New Hampshire and currently resides in Manchester. She currently serves on the Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, as well as on the Allard Center Advisory Board for The Granite YMCA. Martey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Policy Studies and Geography from Syracuse University.

Martey replaces former Executive Director Taylor Caswell, who was sworn-in as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs on August 1.

About the Community Development Finance Authority

The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) is a statewide nonprofit public authority focused on maximizing the value and impact of community development, economic development and clean energy initiatives throughout New Hampshire. The organization leverages a variety of financial and technical resources, including the competitive deployment of grant, loan and equity programs.

Those resources include New Hampshire state tax credits, federal Community Development Block Grant resources and the CDFA Clean Energy Fund. For more information about CDFA and its programs visit or call 603-226-2170.

Posted on: November 16, 2017
Topics: Staff Changes | Something New

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