Ha headshotHa Nguyen, Program Manager

Ha Nguyen joined NACEDA in July 2021. As the Program Manager, Ha is responsible for coordinating program services that serve NACEDA’s voting members such as leading the upkeep of NACEDA’s database, supporting NACEDA's regional caucuses to meet in person, and managing the regular NACEDA's newsletter process. Prior to NACEDA, Ha worked as the Field & Membership Coordinator at the Virginia chapter of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC). Having worked closely with community members to understand and advocate for their needs, concerns, and issues, Ha is excited to continue these efforts on a national level with NACEDA and take a deeper dive into public policies and resources aimed at improving the lives of those living in low and moderate-income places.

Ha previously worked as the Development Associate with Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) focusing on grant management and donor stewardship projects. Ha held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance from George Mason University in Northern Virginia.

Contact Ha

[email protected]

(202) 518-2660, ext. 4


Maggie headshotMaggie Kentilitisca, Program Coordinator

Maggie joined NACEDA in July of 2021 as the Thriving Networks VISTA. In her role as a VISTA, Maggie worked to develop peer-to-peer capacity-building opportunities, support existing projects, implement applications to improve virtual learning systems and build and systematize the administrative processes for NACEDA events. She also helped to develop and implement NACEDA’s new Technical Assistance Program, which she will continue to support as a Program Coordinator. Her primary responsibility will be to provide project-based and organizational capacity-building services for community-based development organizations.

Having immigrated to New Mexico from the Philippines at a young age, Maggie is deeply committed to serving minority communities and giving voice to underrepresented groups. While an undergraduate, she studied International Relations at the University of New Mexico, where she studied abroad in the Middle East and learned Arabic. In return, she used her skills to serve refugee populations in Albuquerque, NM, and work with nonprofit organizations to support the financial independence of immigrant women. Maggie proudly served AmeriCorps twice; her first was as a Public Ally at Lutheran Family Services Refugee & Asylee Programs. She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in International Development at the American University School of International Service to continue a lifelong career in public service.

Contact Maggie

[email protected]

(202) 518-2660, ext. 5


Susanna Cropped HeadshotSusanna Penfield, Americorps VISTA

Susanna joined NACEDA in June of 2020 as the Thriving Networks VISTA. During her service year, she will work with staff to continue strengthening NACEDA’s Thriving Networks program. Her primary responsibilities include providing peer-to-peer capacity building opportunities, completing the Family Portrait research project, and building and systematizing the administrative processes for NACEDA events, including the 2020 NACEDA Summit and People & Places 2021.

Having grown up in a small town in rural Vermont, Susanna is deeply familiar with the power of strong community ties and locally-grounded initiatives. She graduated this past spring from Colorado College, where she double majored in Political Science and Feminist and Gender Studies. While an undergraduate, she held leadership roles in the writing community and as co-chair of the college's student-run Title IX team, using both platforms to engage underrepresented groups in campus conversations. She is excited to continue these efforts on a national level with NACEDA, and help facilitate peer learning between community development groups across the country.

Contact Susanna

[email protected]

(202) 518-2660, ext. 4


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

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

Suzanne Gunther headshot

Suzanne Gunther, Communications Director

Suzanne is deeply committed to increasing prosperity in low-wealth places for the people who live and work there. Through communications and event management, she facilitates the exchange of ideas, resources, and relationships among the community development field. At NACEDA, Suzanne has developed a keen interest in improving the social determinants of health. She works to move forward partnerships between the community development and health sectors. 

Suzanne has more than 25 years of experience in housing and community development. She was Senior Associate at Communi-k, Inc., a public relations and event management firm specializing in housing. 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. She got her start in the field at the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Maryland where she publicized the benefits of mixed-income housing, ran the agency's Good Neighbor Program, and directed events including the county's Annual Affordable Housing Conference. Suzanne is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Contact Suzanne

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


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