Pathway Lending’s Hank Helton Takes Helm of CDFI Coalition

Hank Helton, Executive Vice President and Chief Stakeholder Officer of Pathway Lending, Tennessee’s largest non-depository Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the CDFI Coalition. The coalition, formed in 1992, is the unified national voice of CDFIs working to bring fair access to financial resources for underserved people and communities across America.

Helton, a founding member of Pathway Lending, has over 25 years of experience in community development finance. As Chief Stakeholder Officer, he leads the cultivation and management of relationships with financial institutions, philanthropies, and government agencies. ‘It’s a privilege and honor to serve as Chair of the CDFI Coalition, dedicated to advancing access to capital and resources for communities nationwide,’ said Helton.

Prior to joining Pathway Lending, Helton served as the Director of Development and Affordable Housing for the Nashville/Davidson County Metropolitan Government from 2001-2007. Under his leadership, the city received national recognition for its innovative approach to community development, particularly in affordable and downtown housing initiatives.

The CDFI Coalition coordinates industry-wide efforts to increase the availability of capital, credit, and financial services in low-income communities. The coalition recently published a 30th Anniversary Report celebrating three decades of success in advancing economic opportunity.

Pathway Lending, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2024, has generated over $1 billion in economic impact through its lending and advisory programs. The CDFI has financed over 1,500 businesses, delivering more than $525 million in direct lending and supporting over 30,000 jobs and 2,400 affordable housing units.

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