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Meet Our Founder & Principal Consultant

Dr. D. FarmerDr. D. Farmer

Dwanda L. Farmer, PhD is the Principal Consultant at The CED Doctor, LLC., a full service business consulting firm serving business, non-profits, and government entities.  The firm specializes in community economic development (CED) projects including affordable housing, nonprofit start-ups, social entrepreneurship, strategic planning, project management, and board development.   The CED Doctor has many collaborative relationships and partnerships with other market professionals to ensure we can meet our clients' every need.

Dr. Farmer has extensive experience in developing programs and projects in low-income communities with government funding including: New Market Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Housing and Urban Development, and Community Development Block Grants.

Dr. Farmer has over 15 years’ experience in various position in corporate America and has worked as a CED practitioner for nearly 15 years.  She is a successful grant writer having attracted more than $40M to community development projects in low income communities.

Dwanda is a native of Baltimore and is a Political Science graduate of the University of Baltimore. She holds Master of Science degrees in both Organizational Development and Human Resource Management from National Louis University.  She is one of a dozen individuals to obtain a doctorate in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.



Farmer, Dwanda PhD. (2012). Exploring the Impacts of the HOPE VI Program on Atlanta Residents and Neighborhoods. (Doctoral dissertation). Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester NH.  May 2012


Skobba, K., Oakley, D., and Farmer, D.  (2014) “Privatizing The Housing Safety Net: HOPE VI and the transformation of public housing in the U.S.”  In Haymes, S.N.  Miller, R. and Vidal de Haymes, M. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States. (pp. 285-295)  New York, NY. Routledge. Winter 2014