Dianne E. Taylor is the Executive Director and has overall management responsibility for the operation of the organization, to include fiscal, staffing and operational. She has responsibility for membership services, internal management, external representation, including advocacy on a host of programmatic and regulatory issues of importance to the COSCDA members, policy development and ethics. Dianne is the primary liaison to the COSCDA Board of Directors, the governing body of the organization.
Ms. Taylor has extensive experience in community development and legislative activities, Prior to joining COSCDA; Dianne served as director for the National Community Development Association (NCDA). She worked for five years in planning and community development for the town of Warrenton, VA, as well as serving as housing development specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a M.S. in community economic development from New Hampshire College and a B.A. in urban planning/community organizing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Josh Shumaker leads COSCDA’s government relations as Director of Advocacy and Federal Programs. Representing COSCDA’s three mission areas of community development, housing, and homelessness, he engages national stakeholders to ensure federal resources and policies adequately respond to state and local needs. Prior to joining COSCDA, Josh served in a similar role with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). He also has experience in working with local governments on community and infrastructure development initiatives in his home state of Tennessee. Josh holds degrees from Wofford College and the University of Memphis.
Angel Billingsley, Operations and Office Manager, is the key administrative support person for COSCDA. Her responsibilities include data base and web management, conference and training logistics, technical assistant for IT solutions, and membership.
Ed Geiger serves as the Conference Training Coordinator who manages the planning, organizing, and implementing of COSCDA’s annual trainings, specifically the Program Managers Meeting in late winter and the Annual Training Conference in the fall. He previously administered most of the community development and housing programs within the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). After nearly 33 years with Pennsylvania state government, Ed started Edge Strategic Consulting, which provides training, research, technical assistance, and strategic planning for housing and community development clients.
Michael Lightfield is the Comptroller and has primary responsibility for COSCDA’s fiscal and budgetary issues. He is the President of Lightfield Wealth Management.