Damon Burns is a New Orleans native and public finance professional with more than 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, investment banking, corporate banking, and economic development. He is currently the Executive Director of The Finance Authority of New Orleans, a housing and economic development finance agency that has financed more than $600 million of affordable housing and economic development projects in New Orleans. Prior to this position, he founded Munivestor, a financial data and technology company focused on the municipal bond industry using $200,000 in private investor capital. Munivestor was selected to participate in some of the nation’s premier startup programs including Techstars’ Risingstars Bootcamp, Morgan Stanley’s FinTech Investor Showcase. and PowerMoves NOLA. Damon is also an Investment Committee member of the New Orleans Startup Fund, which provides early stage capital to New Orleans based companies with high-growth potential. Damon earned a Marketing degree from Texas Southern University and an MBA with a finance concentration from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a professional certificate in Urban Redevelopment from the University of Pennsylvania.
During the Fellowship
During his fellowship, Damon will be focused on the development of a homebuilding program designed to produce affordable homes built with historic New Orleans architecture while also being energy efficient and environmentally resilient.