Affiliate Fellow

Annie Donovan

Annie Donovan has deep roots in community development and finance. She is currently an senior fellow at the Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Before that, Donovan was director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).  The CDFI Fund supports investments in distressed communities across America through programs including the CDFI Financial and Technical Assistance Program, Native Initiatives, Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Bank Enterprise Award Program, New Markets Tax Credit Program, CDFI Bond Guarantee Program and Capital Magnet Fund.

Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Donovan was Chief Executive Officer of CoMetrics, a social enterprise that provides high quality, affordable business intelligence tools to small businesses and nonprofits seeking to improve financial management, better measure social impact, and increase their capacity for innovation.

Prior to CoMetrics, Donovan was Senior Policy Advisor to the White House, working collaboratively with the Office of Social Innovation and the Council on Environmental Quality.  She was part of a team focused on advancing impact investing, social enterprise and impact data as key strategies for improving the social sector.  Donovan has been Chief Operating Officer of Capital Impact Partners, a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) where she was instrumental in creating the high performing teams and strategic plans that positioned Capital Impact as a market leader in the areas of education, health care, long terms care and affordable homeownership finance.  She led the company’s efforts to build capacity in fundraising, policy, and innovation.

Donovan has also been a thought leader and a board member of many of the highest performing organizations in the community development sector, including serving as President of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition.  She has published papers and articles for the National Academy for Public Administration, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Forbes, Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, and the Milken Institute Review.  She has guest lectured at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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