FORA.tv Speaker - Debra Schwartz
Debra D. Schwartz is Director of Program-related Investments for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where she oversees a $300-million portfolio of below-market loans and investments used principally by economic development and affordable housing organizations. She also co-leads the Foundation’s $150-million national initiative, Window of Opportunity: Preserving Affordable Rental Housing.
Schwartz joined MacArthur in 1995 as Senior Associate to the President. She became a member of the Program on Human and Community Development in 2000 and assumed her current post in 2002. Previously, Schwartz was an investment banker in public finance for John Nuveen & Co. where she structured tax-exempt bond issues for municipalities and nonprofit health care organizations. From 2002 through 2006, she served as one of nine presidential appointees to the US Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board. She is a founding member of the national PRI Makers Network steering committee and frequently speaks at philanthropy-related meetings on the topics of social enterprise, nonprofit sustainability and program-related investments.
Schwartz graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelors degree in history. She earned a Masters degree in finance and nonprofit management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
01.29.08 | 01:53:36 min
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