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Frank Woodruff

Executive Director
National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations


Washington, D.C.

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 due to be published in 2015 and the other in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies due out in 2016.