Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Ellen Seidman, Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The essays in this book look at community development from many perspectives, but several themes emerge with some regularity. Perhaps the most profound is the recognition that community development is about the entire life of the community.

Ellen Seidman was a visiting scholar with the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2012. From 1997 to 2001, Seidman served as the director of the Office of Thrift Supervision. She has also held senior positions at the US Departments of Treasury and Transportation, the National Economic Council, Fannie Mae and ShoreBank Corporation. She currently serves on the boards of three community development financial institutions and the CDFI Assessment and Ratings System (CARS), and chairs the board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation.

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