Community Development Pioneer Michael Swack Joins Carsey Institute
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
August 6, 2008
Photo courtesy of the Carsey Institute.
Michael Swack, a pioneer in the field of community development lending and
investment, will join the Carsey Institute at UNH as research faculty, Carsey
Institute director Cynthia “Mil” Duncan has announced. He will
also be a professor of economics and management in the Whittemore School of
Business and Economics, where he will teach advanced courses.
Swack’s first projects at the Carsey Institute will be in the area of
community and development finance, including projects looking at mechanisms
to take community economic development to scale, new financial innovations
for the field, and research on mission related investment by foundations and
Swack brings extensive experience in building research and programs. He was
most recently founder and dean of the widely acclaimed School of Community
Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University. He is a leading
innovator in community development finance, and he wrote the legislation that
led to the creation of the Community Development Finance Authority. In 1983,
he was the founding president of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund.
“We’re excited about Michael joining the Carsey Institute. He
will deepen and broaden our research in community economic development in the
U.S. and abroad, as well as strengthen our ability to work effectively with
development practitioners on the ground,” said Duncan.
Swack received a Ph.D. in Community Development and Management from Columbia
University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s
degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.