Community Development Loan Officer

Walker J 2018As Community Development Loan Officer, Jim Walker underwrites community and economic development loans for Florida Community Loan Fund's commercial loan programs and provides support to FCLF's New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. Mr. Walker also 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.

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