Melissa McDonald

Chief Operating Officer


Melissa McDonald, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for the operations of all lending components and systems, capitalization strategies, investment management, and new product development.  Ms. McDonald assumed her current role in October 2018, having previously served as RDF’s Deputy Chief Investment Officer, where she led the Specialty Finance Team – an inter-disciplinary group of impact investment professionals that provide custom-tailored financing solutions for complex structured transactions involving public/private partnerships, traditional debt, grant capital, and/or tax credit financing, nationwide and was responsible for RDF’s New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) platform to include the deployment of over $200 million in NMTC authority.

Prior to joining the fund in 2012, Ms. McDonald worked at Gannett Company, where she held senior management positions in Human Resources, providing local and regional support for union and non-union employees.  She is experienced in policy and procedure development, employee relations, compliance management, compensation, and organizational development.

Ms. McDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso; and received a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University School of Law.  She is also a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Cox Executive Development Program and Stanford’s University Graduate School of Business The Emerging COO:  Driving Innovation and Operational Excellence.