Frank Woodruff HeadshotFrank Woodruff, Executive Director 

Frank Woodruff’s passion is to improve lives by inspiring great places. Frank joined the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in September 2010, becoming executive director in January 2012. He is dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing our country’s low- and moderate-income communities. Frank thoroughly enjoys leading NACEDA and wakes up every day with renewed resolve, committing his career to community prosperity and equity whether in the public, philanthropic, governmental, or private sector.

Frank holds an Executive Education Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MA in public policy from George Washington University, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His publications include The Mortgage Interest Deduction: An Example of Upside Down Federal Government Housing Subsidy, Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture: State Policy Innovations to Support Creative Placemaking published in the Community Development Innovation Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He co-authored two essays entitled “Redlining,” which were published inThe American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty and in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies.

Contact Frank

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(202) 518-2660, ext. 2

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Suzanne Gunther, Communications Director

Suzanne brings 25 years of experience in housing and community development to NACEDA. Prior to joining NACEDA, she was Senior Associate at Communi-k, Inc., a public relations and event management firm specializing in housing – affordable and otherwise. Clients included the National Housing Conference, Innovative Housing Institute, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, and Community Preservation and Development Corp. At Communi-k, Suzanne wrote articles for special sections of the Washington Post on everything from finding a job in cyber security to home décor.

Suzanne got her start in the field at the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County, Maryland. At HOC, Suzanne publicized the benefits of mixed-income housing, managed the public information process for new developments and acquisitions, ran the agency's Good Neighbor Program, and directed events, including the county's Annual Affordable Housing Conference.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Suzanne lives with her husband and two children in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Contact Suzanne

[email protected]
(202) 518-2660, ext. 2


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Jeremy Brownlee, Membership Director

Jeremy joined NACEDA in October 2015. As membership director, he is responsible for keeping the membership connected through regional caucus meetings and peer groups, the biannual NACEDA Summit, and the collaboratively-led People & Places event. Jeremy also builds thriving networks through NACEDA's Creative Places initiative that helps members integrate arts and culture into their community development networks and through NACEDA's own Thriving Networks Assessment, a service that helps community development networks prioritize resources, identify strengths, and plan to address challenges.

Born and raised in Indiana, Jeremy previously worked within Prosperity Indiana, a NACEDA member, serving as the dedicated staff person for the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development. Jeremy is proud of his two terms in AmeriCorps as a Public Ally, a program focused on community development and nonprofit leadership.

Jeremy earned a Master's Degree in Community Learning and Development from the University of Glasgow and is trained in Technologies of Participation facilitation. He co-authored Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture: State Policy Innovations to Support Creative Placemaking published in the Community Development Innovation Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Contact Jeremy

[email protected]
(202) 518-2660, ext. 3

Patrick Landes

Patrick Landes, AmeriCorps VISTA

Patrick joined NACEDA in April 2019 as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Thriving Networks Program. His goal as a VISTA is to build NACEDA's capacity to provide capacity building resources that we provide our members, particularly regarding the Thriving Networks Assessment. He feels that working with NACEDA and its members in the community development field is a great way to be part of a movement to create important social change. He loves spreadsheets and podcasts.

Patrick previously worked as a Communications and Programs Fellow for CulturalDC and as a Operations Associate at an education/tech company. As part of his work at CulturalDC, he was a producer for Source Festival, a new play festival, and served as the main point of communication for artists who applied for free performance spaces around DC. He is also the Hiring and HR manager for Theatre Prometheus and is a director, playwright, and photographer in his very limited free time. He holds a BA in Sociology and Theater from Connecticut College.

Contact Patrick

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