Merrill Hoopengardner

As President of NTCIC, Merrill develops and implements overall strategy for the company, directs capital raising and tax credit investment opportunities, and develops talent, including supporting governing board and staff relations.

Merrill has over 25 years of experience in community development finance and has structured and closed over $1 billion utilizing Historic, New Markets, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit transactions. Before joining NTCIC, Merrill was a Principal at Advantage Capital Partners, a finance company specializing in using public-private partnerships to raise small business capital for investments and loans in underserved areas. Merrill began her tax credit career with the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, where she represented several prominent community development entities, investors, and project sponsors in tax credit transactions nationwide.

Merrill received her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from Duke University. She is an active speaker and writer for industry events and publications and serves on several Community Development Entity advisory boards.