|Andrea Levere '83|
Andrea Levere '83
Corporation for Enterprise Development
Andrea Levere has led the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) as its president since 2004. CFED is a private nonprofit organization with the mission of building assets and expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and disadvantaged communities.
CFED designs and operates major national initiatives that aim to expand matched savings for children and adults, bring self-employed entrepreneurs into the financial mainstream, and turn manufactured housing into an appreciating asset. CFED operates a comprehensive public policy program to build and protect assets at the local, state and federal levels, and produces the nationally recognized Assets and Opportunity Scorecard which includes 101 outcome and policy measures that show how well each state and D.C. build and protect assets for their residents.
In fall 2012, CFED will launch its newest social venture, the 1:1 Fund, an online platform to provide incentives for low-income, minority and first-generation students to save for college. Children's savings accounts (CSAs) are long-term asset-building accounts established for children that grow over time and accumulate savings for college. CSAs are seeded with an initial deposit and built by matching contributions from families, relatives, friends, and donors and are being implemented throughout the country.
Prior to joining CFED in 1992, Ms. Levere was a director with the National Development Council. At NDC, she worked with cities and states to structure financing for small businesses, affordable housing and urban development projects and was a lead trainer for the Economic Development Finance Certification Program. She also designed and conducted "Taking Care of Business," a financial management program for entrepreneurs designed to help small businesses grow successfully.
Ms. Levere served first as a member and then as chair of the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women from 1988 to 2005. Currently, she serves as the chair of ROC USA (Resident Owned Communities USA), a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident owned cooperatives. In 2009, she was appointed to Bank of America's National Community Advisory Council and in 2011 to an advisory group for Morgan Stanley. In 2012, Acting FDIC Chair, Martin J. Gruenberg, appointed Ms. Levere to the FDIC Committee on Economic Inclusion.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MPPM from Yale University. In 2001, she received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Yale School of Management and in 2008 was named to the inaugural class of its Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes alumni who help educate business and society leaders.
Ms. Levere lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with husband Michael Mazerov '82, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and has two children.