Community Development Loan Officer

Walker J 2018Jim Walker manages the Florida Preservation Fund, to support the preservation of affordable multi-family housing in Florida, one of FCLF's three major programs. He also underwrites community and economic development loans for both commercial loan programs as well as providing support to FCLF's other loan programs, Community Development Fund and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. Mr. Walker provides technical assistance to borrowers throughout South and Southeast Florida.

Mr. Walker joined the Florida Community Loan Fund in 2010, bringing 25 years of community development finance and lending experience including structuring financing for multi-family housing, charter schools, community health clinics, and Historic and NMTC revitalization projects. Mr. Walker has served on Capitol Hill, where he was responsible for budgeting and international finance and development issues.

He is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County and serves on the board of several nonprofits. Mr. Walker received his BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Columbia University where he graduated in the top 5% of his class and was awarded membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, the academic honor society. He is a native South Floridian.

"FCLF understands and is a part of what we are doing: helping families have the American dream of owning a home." – Isaac Simhon, Executive Director

Housing Programs, Inc.

"FCLF has a keen knowledge of Florida challenges & opportunities. We are confident our investment will be used to improve lives." – Kathleen Rizzo Young, Sr. VP, Community Development

HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

"The Fathers Table Foundation appreciates the services FCLF provides and the impact on the communities you serve. We believe in your organization and your mission." – Dan Gilardi, President

Fathers Table Foundation

"FCLF was instrumental in making this important project a reality, bringing us one step closer to ending chronic homelessness in Miami-Dade County." – Dr. Paul A. Ahr, President & CEO

Camillus House

"Cade Museum is proud to be partners with FCLF and JPMorgan Chase. Thanks to the NMTC Program, we will provide a transformative asset to our community." – Jennifer Denault, COO

Cade Museum for Creativity & Inventi…

"BankUnited understands the challenges facing our communities; we applaud FCLF's efforts. Thank you for making our community a better place to live." – Katrina Wright, VP Comm. Dev.

BankUnited

“We cannot thank FCLF enough for this partnership, creating permanent housing for our neighbors in need, and their commitment to Florida communities.” – Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Ability Housing

"FCLF made it possible for us to provide many special needs and low-income students with the educational services that they need." – Charlotte Tollefson, Director & Founder

Woodlawn Community Academy

"FCLF understood our context, embraced the project vision, and were willing to make an investment that others deemed as too risky." – Lynn Brockwell-Carey, Executive Director

Brevard Neighborhood Development Coaliti…

"FCLF is a difference maker! Their team provides solutions to bring about real change in a community." – Tim Marks, President & CEO

Metropolitan Ministries

"I appreciate FCLF for lending in rural areas, where many other lenders are exiting. From the first moment we spoke with FCLF staff, we felt we had a partner." – Jamie Kerr, President, AMCS Dev.

Griffin Heights

“FCLF addresses local community needs, which aligns with our core values. We appreciate your commitment to our communities.” – Mellissa Slover-Athey, Comm Reinv Ofcr

CenterState Bank

"Our partnership with FCLF helps the American Dream of homeownership come true." – Michael Roberts, Exec Dir

R.E.A.C.H.

"Trinity Health is happy to partner with FCLF. We look forward to seeing the impact in the communities you serve." – Sr. Kathleen Coll, SSJ, Administrator, Shareholder Advocacy

Trinity Health

"We couldn’t have pulled this project together without FCLF as partners. This is the start of great work in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield district." – Kevin Gay, Exec. Director

Operation New Hope

"We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with FCLF and working together to meet the needs of our communities." – Nancy Merolla, VP/CRA Officer

Florida Community Bank

"We couldn't achieve our mission of creating strong neighborhoods without FCLF's help. Their staff is always friendly, quick to respond, and efficient." – Bonnye Deese, Executive Director

BAND

"We are delighted to partner with you to serve those most in need in our communities." – Eileen S. Coogan, President & CEO

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

"We appreciate how the work of FCLF primarily benefits low- to moderate-income individuals and areas and supports the needs of our community." – Maria J. Thompson, Community Development Manager

Third Federal Savings

"Without FCLF's support, we would not have been able to deliver the services our area so desperately needs. We look forward to a lifetime relationship." – Tom Griffin, CEO

The Transition House, Inc.

FCLF Videos

View video testimonials from FCLF partners.
  • Florida Community Loan Fund and Orange Blossom Family Health, Bringing Healthcare to FL Communities
  • Florida Community Loan Fund and R.E.A.C.H. Strengthening Communities in South Florida
  • Florida Community Loan Fund helped Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County with New Markets Tax Credits
  • FCLF and Operation New Hope, Restoring Jacksonville’s Springfield Community
  • FCLF and SW Florida Collaboratory, Bringing Stability to a Fort Myers Neighborhood
  • FCLF and CDC of Tampa, Stability in East Tampa Neighborhoods
  • FCLF and The Transition House: Building Blocks for U.S. Veterans
  • FCLF and Wendover Housing: Building Blocks for An Aging Population
  • FCLF and CFHC: Building Blocks for Low Income Healthcare
  • FCLF, Reflecting on the Past, Shaping the Future
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