Advisory Board

CSDC is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), and specifically a Community Development Loan Fund, with the primary mission of providing financial services and technical assistance to  public charter schools in economically and educationally underserved communities nationwide – those with significant low-income student populations or in communities with a large number of poorly performing district schools (our Low-Income Targeted Population or “LITP”) – with an added organizational priority of supporting new and early-stage schools (those in their first three years of operation).  An important element of CDFI accountability is the Advisory Board, whose members must represent the low-income communities that the organization serves.  Members of CSDC’s Advisory Board include:


Reena Abraham, Vice President of Educational Programs, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Kirk Loadman-Copeland, President of the Board of Directors, Global Village Academy-Northglenn, Colorado

David McGrady, Chairman, National Community Investment Fund

Mary Shaffner, Chief Operations Officer, District of Columbia International School, Washington, DC

Eileen Sigmund, President & CEO, Arizona Charter Schools Association

Greg Thompson, CEO, Tennessee Charter School Center

Lucy Tuck, Chief Lending and Credit Officer, Partners for the Common Good, Washington, DC