Advisory Councils

Community Investment Council


The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond established the Community Investment Council in 2011. The primary purpose of CIC is to inform the Bank about emerging issues and trends in communities across the Fifth District, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and communities. Members of CIC represent unique perspectives on community investment and local economic growth from across the District. They are leaders from both rural and urban communities who understand the challenges to and opportunities for local economic growth, especially with respect to community investment mechanisms and policies.


Sam Erwin
President & CEO
Palmetto Bank
Greenville, South Carolina

John Hamilton
City First Enterprises
Washington, D.C.

Deborah Hooper
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
Greensboro, North Carolina

Mary Hunt
Senior Program Officer
The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chris Kukla, Chair
Senior Counsel for Government Affairs
Center for Responsible Lending
Durham, North Carolina

Charles Martin
Administrative Vice President, Regional Community Reinvestment Officer
M&T Bank
Baltimore, Maryland

Paul Phillips
President & CEO
Freedom First Federal Credit Union
Roanoke, Virginia

George Rothman
President & CEO
Manna, Inc.
Washington, D.C.

Mark Sissman
Healthy Neighborhoods
Baltimore, Maryland

Kent Spellman
Executive Director
The West Virginia Community Development Hub
Stonewood, West Virginia

Tamea L. Franco
President & CEO
Global Metal Finishing, Inc.
Roanoke, Virginia

Michel Zajur
President & CEO
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Richmond, Virginia

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