Frank Woodruff HeadshotFrank Woodruff, Executive Director 

Frank joined the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in September 2010, becoming executive director in January 2012. During a time of significant political and economic challenges for community development, Frank saw this as an opportunity to take NACEDA to a new level of success and sustainability. As our country emerges from the great recession, he believes community and economic development will be a critical tool for those communities and neighborhoods that are organized, demanding, and capable of instituting change.

Frank considers himself an NFL owner, as he owns a share in his beloved Green Bay Packers, major professional sports’ only community-owned team. In his free time he enjoys physical activity, particularly SCUBA diving, and never turns down an opportunity to read a good zombie novel.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University. He also has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His publications include: The Mortgage Interest Deduction: an Example of Upside Down Federal Government Housing Subsidy, and is co-author of two essays entitled “Redlining,” one inThe American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty and the other in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies.

Frank is married to Natalie and makes his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Contact Frank

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(202) 518-2660, ext. 2

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Suzanne Gunther, Communications Director

Suzanne brings 20 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

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(202) 518-2660, ext. 2


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Jeremy Brownlee, Membership Director

Jeremy joined NACEDA in October 2015, coming from Indiana via the United Kingdom. In Indiana, he worked within the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, a NACEDA member, serving as the dedicated staff person for the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development. Jeremy revitalized the coalition's membership, increasing member participation, leading an informal strategic review, and representing the coalition in three city-wide initiatives. Jeremy served two terms as a Public Ally, an AmeriCorps program focused on community development and nonprofit leadership.

From Indianapolis, Jeremy moved to Scotland where he earned a Master's Degree in Community Learning and Development from the University of Glasgow. He wrote his thesis on people's motivations for participating in time banking and other alternative currencies. Prior to joining NACEDA, Jeremy lived in London and worked for NatCen, a social research organization.

Contact Jeremy

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(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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