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News January 11, 2024

Reinvestment Fund names Emily Dowdall, President of Policy Solutions, and Tiffany Patterson, Chief Communications and Mission Officer 

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For Immediate Release: January 10, 2024

PHILADELPHIA — Reinvestment Fund, a nationally recognized Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Baltimore, MD, and Atlanta, GA, named Emily Dowdall the President of Policy Solutions and Tiffany Patterson the Chief Communications and Mission Officer (CCMO). Dowdall and Patterson will use a clear vision of Reinvestment Fund’s mission as members of the leadership team.  

Emily Dowdall has been with Reinvestment Fund for eight years, previously serving as Chief of Implementation and Development, Policy Director and Managing Director. “I am thrilled to lead the Policy Solutions team, building on our strong track record as we create data-driven approaches to addressing emerging issues in housing, access to childcare and fresh food, and other pressing topics for communities across the country,” said Dowdall. “In doing this, I will strive to strengthen our relationships with longtime partners and look for new ways to apply our commitment to rigorous analytics and data-informed public policy investment.” 

Dowdall has led some of the organization’s most impactful recent work including evaluations of eviction prevention measures, an implementation plan to close the BIPOC homeownership gap in Philadelphia, and assessments of access to early childhood education in multiple communities. She brings to this new role all the knowledge and skills acquired during her tenure as well as previous experience leading research efforts at The Pew Charitable Trusts. 

Tiffany Patterson has been with Reinvestment Fund for one year, previously serving as the Managing Director of Strategic Communications. In her expanded role as the Chief Communications and Mission Officer (CCMO), Tiffany will be a deputy and advisor to Reinvestment Fund’s CEO, Don Hinkle-Brown, leading mission intelligence activity, building public awareness, programmatic, and public policy efforts to advance the organization’s vision for systems change. Patterson has a track record in advancing social change involving marginalized populations, in addition to leading storytelling initiatives proven to build awareness and spur action-driven impact. Before her time at Reinvestment Fund, she led campaigns while working with major brands and initiatives such as P&G, the Obama Administration’s Educate to Innovate Initiative, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the award-winning advertising agency, GSD&M. 

“I am honored to lead such an amazing team committed to building more equitable communities, and I look forward to further progressing our mission as we lean deeper into scaling our impact across new spaces,” said Patterson. “Financial and investment sectors have the power to shape new systems that advance racial equity and economic opportunities; in this new role, I am excited to convene an ecosystem of partners who share Reinvestment Fund’s passion for paving new pathways for all communities to thrive.” 

At Reinvestment Fund, we continue to recognize and elevate key leaders like Dowdall and Patterson as they are essential to moving our community-focused work forward,” saidDon Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO of Reinvestment Fund. “Promoting these two executives benefits our entire Reinvestment Fund community as they continue to share their subject-matter expertise, diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and impressive track record to fulfill our mission to create an equitable future where access to prosperity extends to all.”      


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About Reinvestment Fund
Reinvestment Fund is a mission-driven financial institution committed to making communities work for all people. We bring financial and analytical tools to partnerships that work to ensure that people in communities across the country have the opportunities they strive for: affordable places to live, access to nutritious food and health care, schools where their children can flourish, and strong, local businesses that support jobs. We use data to understand markets and how transactions can have the most powerful impact, which has consistently earned us the top Aeris rating of AAA for financial strength and four stars for impact management. Our asset and risk management systems have also earned us an AA- rating from S&P. Since our inception in 1985, Reinvestment Fund has provided over $2.7 billion in financing to strengthen neighborhoods, scale social enterprises, and build resilient communities. Learn more at 


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