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Donna Gambrell


Donna J. Gambrell is a steadfast advocate for the revitalization of America’s most vulnerable, low-wealth communities. A champion of microbusinesses, Gambrell was the first African American woman to be appointed as Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).

During Gambrell’s tenure, the CDFI Fund experienced significant growth, doubling funding under its flagship program. The CDFI Fund also designed and administered a number of new initiatives targeted to underserved markets, including the Capital Magnet Fund, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.

Previously, Gambrell served in several executive positions at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), including Deputy Director for Compliance and Consumer Protection, where she was responsible for overseeing the FDIC’s national compliance bank examinations, as well as the agency’s community affairs, consumer affairs, and deposit insurance programs.

Currently, Ms. Gambrell is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition, she is a board member for Southern Bancorp, Inc., in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ms. Gambrell also speaks and consults on issues related to consumer protection and community and economic development.

Ms. Gambrell received a B.S. Degree from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, and an M.S. Degree from New York University.


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