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For nearly four decades, Bill Bynum has worked to advance economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations. He began his career in North Carolina establishing nationally recognized programs at Self-Help and at the NC Rural Center. In 1994, he moved to Mississippi to launch Enterprise Corporation of the Delta, and in 1995 organized Hope Community Credit Union.
Today, HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union and Hope Policy Institute), provides financial services; aggregates resources; and engages in advocacy to mitigate the extent to which factors such as race, gender, birthplace and wealth limit one’s ability to prosper. Since 1994, HOPE has generated more than $2.5 billion in financing and benefitted more than 1.5 million people in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Bynum’s board service includes the Aspen Institute, Bank of America National Community Advisory Council, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Prosperity Now, and William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. An Emerson Collective Dial Fellow, Bynum previously served on the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty and chaired the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board and the Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board. A recipient of the University of North Carolina Distinguished Alumnus Award, Bynum has been honored with the Aspen Global Leadership Network McNulty Prize, National Housing Conference Visionary Award, Opportunity Finance Network Gramlich Award, Inclusiv Annie Vamper Award, National Credit Union Foundation Wegner Award, Ernst & Young/Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year, National Rural Assembly Rural Hero, African American Credit Union Coalition Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award and The Wall St. Journal/Met Life Foundation Financial Inclusion Challenge. He is a 1998 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.