Positions

Overview

  • Michael Swack is a professor at the University of New Hampshire, where he has appointments at the Carsey School of Public Policy and at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. He directs the Center for Impact Finance and the Master’s Program in Community Development, a program designed for adult practitioners At Carsey, he is working on building scale in the community development finance sector, innovations in community development finance, microfinance, and sustainable energy financing. He also directs Financial Innovations Roundtable (in collaboration with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve). He has over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of economic development, finance, and development banking.
    Michael was the founder and former dean of the School of Community Economic Development (CED) at Southern New Hampshire University. He has been involved in the design, implementation, and management of a number community development lending and investment institutions both inside and outside the United States. He was the first chairman and served for seventeen years as a board member of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), a state-chartered equity fund for community economic development ventures and projects. He is the founding president and a current board member of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. He was a founding board member of the National Association of Community Development Loan Funds (now the Opportunity Finance Network), a trade association of Community Development Finance Institutions. Internationally, he has been involved in development finance and microfinance work in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
    In 2019, the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) awarded Michael the 2019 Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance—the community development finance institution (CDFI) industry’s highest individual honor.
    Michael has published in the areas of economic development and development finance. He received his doctorate degree from Columbia University, his master’s degree from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Education
    • Ph.D., Education, Columbia University
    • M.S., City/UrbanCommunityRegionlPlan, Harvard University
    • B.S., Political Science, University of Wisconsin
    Courses Taught
    • DPP 901: Integrative Approaches
    • DPP 902: Economic Analysis
    • DPP 951: Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance
    • DPP 958: Financing Development
    • DPP 961: Community Development Finance
    • DPP 990: Independent Study
    • DPP/ECON 951/633: Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance
    • DPP/ECON 951/698: Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance
    • DPP/ECON 960/698: Social Enterprise
    • ECON 633: Microfinance
    • ECON 695: Independent Study
    • ECON 698: Top/Microfinance
    Selected Publications

    Swack, M. and Charles Tansey, The Potential Role For CDFIs in the Opportunity Zones of the Investing in Opportunities Act (2020), Carsey School, University of New Hampshire.

    Swack, M. and Eric Hangen. Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface (2016). Global Impact Investment Network.

    Swack, M., Eric Hangen and Jack Northrup. CDFIs Stepping into the Breach: An Impact Evaluation (2015). United States Department of Treasury.

    Swack, M., Jack Northrup and Eric Hangen. CDFI Industry Analysis (2012). CDFI Fund and Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire. A financial and social impact analysis of community development financial institutions.
    Tansey Charles and Swack, M. (2010) Community Development Financial Institutions, Capital Markets and Organizational Credit Risk with Charles Tansey, Michael Tansey and Vicki Stein. Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
  • Publications

    Principal Investigator On

  • Accessible Training and Shared Capitalization Platforms for Low-Income Solar Finance  awarded by US DOE, Department of Energy 2020 - 2023
  • CDFI Capital Project  awarded by Rockefeller Foundation 2020 - 2021
  • CDFI Capital Project  awarded by JP Morgan Chase Bank 2019 - 2021
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable- Sponsorship  awarded by Ford Foundation 2020 - 2021
  • CDFI Capital Project-Equity for CDFIs  awarded by Goldman Sachs Bank USA 2020
  • CDFI Capital Project  awarded by Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas 2019 - 2020
  • Community Fund of North Miami Dave Evaluation  awarded by Opa Locka Community Development Corporation 2017 - 2020
  • Aligning Investments to Improve Population Health in New Hampshire  awarded by Foundation for Healthy Communities 2019
  • Study of Potential Role for CDFIS in the Investing in Opportunities Act Program  awarded by Enterprise Community Partners 2018 - 2019
  • Immigrant Business Development in NH  awarded by Regional Economic Development Center 2018 - 2019
  • Carsey Center for Impact Finance: Proposed Methodologies for the Small Business Forward CDFI  awarded by JP Morgan Chase Bank 2017 - 2018
  • Community Development and Health: Alignment Opportunities for Community Development  awarded by Endowment for Health, Inc. 2017 - 2018
  • Remote Sensing Project  awarded by NH Community Development Finance Authority 2017 - 2018
  • Aligning Health Improvement Strategies with Community Development Finance.  awarded by Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation 2015 - 2017
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Institute of International Education 2016
  • Community Benefits  awarded by Annie E. Casey Foundation 2015 - 2016
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable Consulting Agreement  awarded by MacArthur (John D. 2016
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Institute of International Education 2014 - 2015
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by NeighborWorks America 2015
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Institute of International Education 2014
  • Task Order 0011  awarded by Reznick Government 2012 - 2014
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Annie E. Casey Foundation 2013
  • FIR-Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Institute of International Education 2013
  • Social Innovations Intern Program  awarded by Timberland Inc 2013
  • Feasibility Study for NH Catholic Charities  awarded by NH Catholic Charities 2012
  • Scale Project  awarded by Ford Foundation 2010 - 2012
  • Task Order #2  awarded by NeighborWorks America 2010 - 2012
  • Task Order #3  awarded by NeighborWorks America 2010 - 2012
  • Scholarship Proposal  awarded by MasterCard Foundation 2010 - 2012
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Ford Foundation 2012
  • Sustainable Microenterprise & Development Program Proposal  awarded by MasterCard Foundation 2010 - 2011
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Institute of International Education 2011
  • Financial Innovations Roundtable  awarded by Institute of International Education 2009
  • 2015 Financial Innovations Roundtable Event  awarded by Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Teaching Activities

  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance Taught course 2020
  • Social Enterprise Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019 - 2020
  • Integrative Approaches Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019
  • Microfinance Taught course 2019
  • Top/The Social Economy Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2018 - 2019
  • Integrative Approaches Taught course 2018
  • Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance Taught course 2018
  • Social Enterprise Taught course 2018
  • Top/Microfinance Taught course 2018
  • Financing Development Taught course 2017
  • Integrative Approaches Taught course 2017
  • Economic Analysis Taught course 2017
  • Independent Study Taught course 2017
  • Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance Taught course 2017
  • Social Enterprise Taught course 2017
  • Independent Study Taught course 2016 - 2017
  • Community Development Finance Taught course 2016
  • Integrative Approaches Taught course 2016
  • Economic Analysis Taught course 2016
  • Top/Microfinance Taught course 2016
  • Top/The Social Economy Taught course 2016
  • Independent Study Taught course 2015 - 2016
  • Independent Study Taught course 2015
  • Rsrch Exp/Business Admin Taught course 2015
  • Community Development Finance Taught course 2015
  • Integrative Approaches Taught course 2015
  • Top/The Social Economy Taught course 2015
  • Topics/Micro Finance Taught course 2015
  • Independent Study Taught course 2014 - 2015
  • Community Development Finance Taught course 2014
  • Integrative Approaches Taught course 2014
  • Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance Taught course 2014
  • Top/The Social Economy Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Political Science, University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. City/UrbanCommunityRegionlPlan, Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Education, Columbia University
  • Full Name

  • Michael Swack