Andrea Levere, President
Areas of Expertise: Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, Children’s Savings Accounts, Enterprise & Economic Development, Federal Policy, IDAs, innovation@cfed, Local Policy, Savings & Financial Security, State Policy
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.
CFED designs and operates major national initiatives that aim to expand matched savings for children and youth, bring self-employed entrepreneurs into the financial mainstream and turn manufactured housing into an appreciating asset. CFED operates a comprehensive public policy program to build and protect assets at the local, state and federal levels, and produces the nationally recognized Assets and Opportunity Scorecard. In 2012, CFED launched the Assets & Opportunity Network, comprised of 75 lead state and local organizations representing thousands of members which advocate for asset development and protection policies at the municipal and state levels.
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.
She 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.
Andrea's Opening Remarks at "The Forgotten 40 Percent" Panel Discussion
Andrea's 2012 State of the Field Address
Andrea’s Remarks at the Municipal Report Release Event
Andrea’s ALC2010 Remarks
Andrea on SEED as a National Policy
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