NCDA Staff

Vicki Watson

Vicki WatsonVicki Watson is the Executive Director and has overall management responsibility for the operation of the organization, to include fiscal, staffing, and operational. Vicki is also responsible for the Association’s policy and legislative work. She also serves as the lead for the CDBG Coalition. Vicki has been with the Association since 1998, having served as Assistant Director and Legislative Director.

She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. A native of Virginia, Vicki resides in Fredericksburg, VA.




Stephen D. Gartrell

Stephen D. Gartrell Currently NCDA’s training manager and conference planner, Stephen D. Gartrell has over 38 years of experience in community development. He served for 25 years as the director of housing and community development for the City of Newton, Massachusetts. He also was the founder and administrator for the 12 member WestMetro HOME Consortium, based in Newton.

He has been very active with the National Community Development Association (NCDA), serving as president in 2008-2009. He developed the three-day HOME Basics training course for NCDA. He has also served as a trainer for NCDA’s CDBG Basics and Advanced courses for many years. He has also served as a trainer with the Community Development Training Institute and for HUD, with Abt Associates, on CDBG Financial Management, subrecipient, and cross-cutting CDBG Procedures training courses. He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.




Mike Lightfield

Mike Lightfield, CPA is the Controller and has overall responsibility for maintaining the organization’s financial records and preparing all of the financial reports.

Mike is the owner of Columbia Tax Advisory Group, LLC and performs accounting services for several non-profits and local municipalities. He graduated from the University of Maryland and resides in Elkridge, MD with his wife and daughter.





Amaya Daniel

A senior at Wheaton High School in Montgomery County, MD, Amaya Daniel will be working as an intern for NCDA. She is a part of Students Towards Equitable Public Schools (STEPS), that looks to promote and spread awareness about equity and equality for all students in Montgomery County Public schools. She is also a competitive swimmer on Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC) and a Girl Scout.