Laura Fiemann joined CSDC in 2010 as its Senior Vice President. She is largely responsible for marketing and administering CSDC’s Building Block Fund (lease and loan guarantees), Mountain West Charter Schools Fund (direct loans) and other CDFI & direct lending initiatives nationally. Laura also administers CSDC’s Turnkey Development Program for those projects in the western U.S. She is also responsible for facilitating communication between CSDC’s charter school clients, commercial banks, potential landlords and its credit committee.
She has been in the public finance business for over 19 years, working with municipalities and non-profits on their project finance needs. As a bond underwriter at a registered broker dealer firm for 9 years and then Vice President at a private capital company, she fine tuned her skills to serve the unique needs of charter schools regarding facilities financings.
Laura is responsible for raising capital to support the growth and expansion of CSDC’s CDFI Operations and direct lending program, and oversees real estate development projects in the western U.S. She provides ongoing technical assistance to client schools during the early/start-up years to prepare them to eventually finance a permanent home through bank or tax exempt bond transactions.
Laura has dual degrees in Finance and Management from the University of Colorado and is active in her community through several charities.