Full Name
Mark McDaniel
Speaker Bio
Mark S. McDaniel is President and CEO of Cinnaire, a Community Development Finance
Organization with offices in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indiana,
Wisconsin, Illinois, and Delaware. Mark received his B.S. in Urban
Planning from Michigan State University in 1977 and has over 30
years of experience in the areas of affordable housing, community
development, urban planning and market research. In Mark’s
professional career formerly served as Vice President and President
of a major development company in Michigan, and as Director of
Development for a statewide nonprofit housing corporation. Since
Cinnaire’s inception in 1993, with Mark at its helm, the organization
has committed over $3.5 billion of loans and equity for affordable
housing and community development efforts. Mark has strategically
diversified the organization to provide access to permanent debt
financing, construction lending, technical assistance, predevelopment
lending, youth leadership training, and title services. As a result,
Cinnaire is recognized by the United States Treasury Department as
a Community Development Financial Institution. Cinnaire is also
recognized nationally as one of the top nonprofits in the country and
has been named by The NonProfit Times as a Top 50 nonprofit to
work for and Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Cool Places to Work for in Michigan.
Mark’s expertise has been tapped by many affiliate organizations of the affordable housing, development, and
financial industries. Mr. McDaniel has served on the Board of Directors of a number of nonprofit organizations which
advocate on behalf of affordable housing. Mark’s appointments include: Michigan Housing Council (current
President), National Association of State and Local Equity Funds (past President); Fifth Third Bank’s Community
Advisory Forum (Board Member); Habitat for Humanity of MI (Board Member); Michigan Magnet Fund (Treasurer); Art
of Leadership Foundation (Vice Chair); Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (Board
Member); Corporation for Supportive Housing State Advisory Committee (Member); National City Community
Development Association (Board Member); Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Affordable Housing Council
(former Chairman and Board Member), Children’s Trust Fund (Board of Directors), Michigan State University Urban
Planning Alumni Advisory Board (Member), and the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (Board
Mark has been the recipient of numerous business and civic awards over the course of his career. In 2004 he was
the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Greater Lansing Business Monthly and in 2008, the
Governors Corporate Service Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Michigan Habitat for Humanity’s Bernice Bensen
Award for his long service and commitment to Habitat for Humanity. He received the prestigious Terry R. Duvernay
Award recognizing lifetime achievements of leaders in the affordable housing industry in 2013. In 2016, he was
awarded the Children's Advocate Award by the Children’s Trust Fund and in 2017, he was inducted into Affordable
Housing Finance Hall of Fame. Mark was honored in 2018 by the Greater Lansing Martin Luther King Commission
with the Mark McDaniel Legacy Scholarships in recognition of his commitment to helping others and his support of
the community.
Mark McDaniel