OCDCA Staff

Nate Coffman, Executive Director

Nate Coffman is executive director of the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA), a non-profit trade association for community development corporations that work to revitalize rural and urban communities. Prior to joining OCDCA in December 2009, he directed the revitalization efforts of Cleveland's historic Ohio City neighborhood with the Ohio City Near West Development Corporation.

For eight years he served as executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland (HBA). At the HBA, Nate helped bring the organization and the membership to invest and develop in many underserved urban neighborhoods working in partnership with local CDC's. He also worked several years in Columbus for U.S. Senator John Glenn and as an aide at the Ohio Senate. He is a native of southeastern Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University. Nate serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA).

Email: ncoffman@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 207
Twitter: @NateTCoffman

Melissa Miller, Associate Director

Melissa Miller, Associate Director, is primarily responsible for helping OCDCA members build capacity within their organizations. She manages the OCDCA membership and coordinates training and technical assistance opportunities for members. She also oversees programs. Melissa joined OCDCA in July of 2012 and has held a  variety of different roles during her tenure at OCDCA. Her first role was OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. Prior to joining OCDCA, Melissa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with UGIVE.ORG coordinating service learning projects and connecting high school students with volunteer opportunities. She also spent time interning for State Representative Ted Celeste.  Melissa has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from Kent State University and a MBA from Ohio University.

Email: mmiller@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 209

Suzanne Parks, Director of Asset Development

Suzanne Parks, Director of Asset Development, directs the Assets Ohio and JOLI projects. She joined OCDCA on August 2008 and is responsible for the administration of the Assets Ohio venture. Ms. Parks' additional responsibilities include the provision of training and technical assistance, resource development, as well as research and the development of policy.

Prior to joining the OCDCA team, Ms. Parks was an independent consultant working with community development and other government funded agencies assisting with special projects designed to enhance organizational and program capacity. She is a former employee of two Head Start projects in the central Ohio area. In Head Start, she worked with the Family and Community Partnerships and Program Design and Governance components.

Ms. Parks was conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ohio Dominican University and a Masters in Leadership Education from the Mid-America Christian University.

Email: sparks@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 206

Lisa Much, Communications and Development Director

Lisa Much, Communications and Development Director, is primarily responsible for fund development and communications for OCDCA. After finishing her year as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Assets Ohio, she served as the Student Services Coordinator for Columbus Literacy Council until re-joining OCDCA in September 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont.

Email: lmuch@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 211

Alana Perez, AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager

Alana Perez, VISTA Program Manager,  joined the OCDCA in January 2018 after serving as an AmeriCorps with the American Red Cross in her hometown of Los Angeles. Prior to that, she graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. During her time at Denison, Alana played rugby and was a member of a venture philanthropy organization.

Email: aperez@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 204

Jim Martin, Chief Financial Officer

Jim Martin serves as the Chief Financial Officer, working closely with OCDCA leadership to develop a comprehensive financial plan for the organization, including retirement plans, budgets, audits and overall financial controls. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Jim started his career as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche and has gained a wide range of non-profit organization experience over his career. He earned his MBA from The Ohio State University.

Email: finance@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 210