JAMES D. HOWARD, JR. Founder and Principal Shareholder

James D. Howard, Jr. is the founder, principal shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Dudley Ventures. A native of The Bronx, New York, Mr. Howard earned his degree from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1980 and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984.

Dudley Ventures was founded by Mr. Howard in 1996. Dudley Ventures has been an innovator in tax credit investment. Dudley Ventures has invested over $1.6 billion in tax credit transactions, representing multiple tax credit asset classes and has over $1 billion under management. Mr. Howard has authored numerous articles on tax credit investing and is a regular speaker at major industry conferences.Mr. Howard is a Board Member of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition.

Mr. Howard is a licensed member of the Arizona State Bar. Mr. Howard also serves on the Advisory Board of BBVA Compass, an international bank with offices throughout the United States.



Johanna G. Kato is the Chief Operating Officer and owner of Dudley Ventures. Ms. Kato formerly managed the Arizona office for a national real estate developer and tax credit syndicator of multifamily properties for five years.

Ms. Kato previously worked in the California and Arizona Consumer Loan Divisions of First Interstate Bank. Since 1999, Ms. Kato has assisted with the growth of staffing 20 employees at the office headquarters  with additional employees and offices around the country. Ms. Kato also played a key role in making Dudley Ventures an innovator, which has invested and managed over $1.6 billion in tax credit investments.

As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Kato oversees all of the day-to-day business of the company.

Director of Advisory Services

Stephanie Hiatt

Ms. Hiatt is the Director of Advisory Services Department at Dudley Ventures. Ms. Hiatt joined Dudley Ventures in February 2007 following five years of banking experience. In that capacity, she is principally responsible for processing funding requests, underwriting, accessing capital, and the structuring and closing of transactions. 

Ms. Hiatt is also responsible for the structuring of the firm’s investment funds and its advisory services, managing all stages of a tax credit transaction through a successful closing, including structuring, assessing community impact, managing third-party professionals to ensure timely closings and reduced third-party costs, and managing the deployment process. Since joining Dudley Ventures, Ms. Hiatt has been directly involved in closing over $700 million of NMTC transactions.

Prior to joining the Dudley Ventures team, Ms. Hiatt worked for Wells Fargo Bank where she was responsible for servicing and relationship management related to a portfolio of commercial banking customers.

A native of Missoula, Montana, Ms. Hiatt earned her BA from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

Chief Financial Officer

Barbara K. Beaudoin

Barbara K. Beaudoin is the Chief Financial Officer of Dudley Ventures, a position she assumed in September 2005. Born and raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in 1978 and is a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona.

Upon graduation, Ms. Beaudoin joined the international CPA firm of Coopers & Lybrand, where she held audit and consulting positions with increasing responsibilities through the manager level. Her responsibilities included audit clients with public reporting requirements, initial public offerings and audit and consulting engagements for privately held companies in a wide range of industries.

In 1987, Ms. Beaudoin joined Jostens, Inc. as the controller for their Jostens Learning Corporation division. She was named the vice president of finance in 1991 and led the accounting, administration, information systems, and human resources functions for the division until her departure.

Ms. Beaudoin is responsible for financial reporting and accounting for the Company and the enterprises for which it is responsible as managing member. She participates in Dudley Ventures’ overall strategic growth and planning.