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Who We Are

Mission

The Ohio CDC Association is a statewide membership organization that fosters vibrant neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in all communities through advocacy and capacity building of our member agencies.

Vision

OCDCA's vision is the creation of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all Ohioans.

History

The Ohio CDC Association is a statewide membership organization that fosters vibrant neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in all communities through advocacy and capacity building of our member agencies.

OCDCA's vision is the creation of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all residents.

OCDCA was organized in 1983-1984 through a grant made by the George Gund Foundation through the National Congress on Community Economic Development (NCCED), the national trade association for CDCs. NCCED started four state associations in the early 1980's, Ohio's among them.

Over its 25-plus years history, Ohio CDC Association has been listening to Community Development Corporations in Ohio and responding with resources to help its members with capacity-building, advocacy and public policy development with the mission of fostering socially and economically healthy communities.

Throughout the years, OCDCA has worked with its members to come closer to the realization of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all residents. We are proud to have been part of the development of Ohio CDCs, and are looking forward to the future.

Transparency

Ohio CDC Association is committed to fiscal stewardship and transparency. You can view our most recent tax and financial information here.

Ohio CDC Association Board of Trustees

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, Director of Member Capacity, 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 is also in charge of the overall supervision and planning of the OCDCA AmeriCorps*VISTA Program. Melissa joined OCDCA in July of 2012. Prior to her current role, she was the AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Manager and served two years in AmeriCorps. During her service, she a spent a year as the OCDCA VISTA Leader and a year as a VISTA member with UGIVE.ORG. While at UGIVE, she coordinated service learning projects and connected high school students with volunteer opportunities in their area

Melissa has Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from Kent State University.

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

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

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

Jason Weireter, Finance Consultant

Jason joined OCDCA in July 2016 after graduating from Methodist University with a BS in Business Administration in 2015. During his education, he also sought after a PGA membership with golf related internships at Scioto Country Club, Azalea Sands Golf Club, and Golf Web Design. Jason is an avid golfer and enjoys the outdoors.

Email: finance2@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 210

Paul Rich, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Paul is serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with the Ohio CDC Association. He recently received his Bachelor’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is interested in education and policy. Paul grew up in Madagascar, but is a Chicago native. He roots for the Blackhawks and also the Cubs when they’re good. He hopes to take the experiences of this year and turn them into a career of mentoring and support.

Email: vistaleader@ohiocdc.org
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 205