The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) is a national non-profit organization working to expand economic opportunity to low and moderate income Americans by helping them start and grow businesses, go to college, own a home and save for their family's economic futures. We identify promising ideas, test and refine them in communities to find out what works, craft policies and products to help good ideas reach scale, and develop partnerships to promote lasting change. We bring together community practice, public policy and private markets in new and effective ways to achieve greater economic impact.
Andrea S. Levere
National, housing, education, children's savings accounts, entrepreneurship, advocacy, assets
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1200 G Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Economic Development (S30)
Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (P05)
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Andrea S. Levere
Andrea Levere has led the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) as its president since 2004. CFED is a private nonprofit organization with the mission of building assets and expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and disadvantaged communities through matched savings, entrepreneurship, and affordable housing.
Prior to joining CFED in 1992, she was a director with the National Development Council. At NDC, she was a lead trainer for the Economic Development Finance Certification Program and designed and conducted “Taking Care of Business,” a financial management program for entrepreneurs while also working with cities and states to structure financing for small businesses, affordable housing and urban development projects.
Ms. Levere served as chair of the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women from 2002-2005, after being on its board since 1998. Currently, she serves as the Chair of ROC USA (Resident Owned Communities USA), a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident owned cooperatives. She is a member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion, Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board and Capital One’s Community Advisory Council.
In 2013 President Obama appointed Ms. Levere to the National Cooperative Bank’s (NCB) Board of Directors. Originally chartered by Congress in 1978 to meet the financial needs of cooperatives throughout the country, NCB maintains three presidentially-appointed seats on its 15-person Board of Directors.
Ms. Levere holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University. In 2001, she received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Yale School of Management and in 2008 was named to the inaugural class of its Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes alumni who help educate business and society leaders.
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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?