Mr. William “Bill” Bynum serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at Hope Community Credit Union and Hope Enterprise Corporation. Mr. Bynum is responsible for the strategic direction of Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and its affiliate companies. He has eighteen years of experience with some of the country’s leading development finance and rural development finance programs. For three decades, Bill has worked to advance economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations. He began his professional career by helping to establish Self-Help, a pioneer in the development finance industry, and later built nationally recognized programs at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. He moved to Jackson in 1994 to become the founding CEO of the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and in 1995 organized Hope Credit Union.
Today HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) is a regional community development financial institution, intermediary, and policy center that provides and promotes responsible financial services and related assistance for entrepreneurs, home buyers, and community development projects in distressed communities across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Bill has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama on community development, small business, and financial service matters, serving for ten years as a presidential appointee and chairman of the Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board.
He has been Vice Chairman of Consumer Advisory Board at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since September 13, 2012.
Mr. Bynum serves as Director at AmSouth Community Development Corporation, Regions Bank Community Development Corporation, the Compatible Ventures Group, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Hope Community Credit Union, the New Markets Equity Fund and Southern Development Bancorporation. He served on the board of the North Carolina Technological Development Authority, a state-sponsored venture capital fund. He serves on the boards of Foundation for the Mid South, Mississippi Childrens Museum, Partners for the Common Good, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, on the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, and is Chairman of the President Community Development Advisory Board.
Mr. Bynum is Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was named 2002 National Supporter of Entrepreneurship by Ernst & Young and the Kauffman Foundation, and the 2007 Annie Vamper Award recipient by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Mr. Bynum is University of North Carolina graduate.