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CEO / President

Kurt Chilcott

Kurt Chilcott

Kurt Chilcott is a nationally recognized leader in economic and community development and small business finance. For over 35 years, he has developed and led innovative and successful organizations and programs in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Under Chilcott’s leadership, the San Diego-headquartered CDC Small Business Finance has provided over $13.8 billion in financing to more than 11,000 small businesses, creating and preserving over 183,000 jobs. CDC continues to be the nation’s leading SBA 504 lender and SBA Community Advantage lender and is pioneering new products and partnership to meet the needs of under-served small businesses.

Chilcott has a long history of leadership in the economic development field. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders and Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council. He is president of California Southern Small Business Development Corporation, a state-funded loan-guarantee program designed to help secure financing for small businesses and create jobs. In addition, he is a director for Neighborhood Bancorp, the holding company of Neighborhood National Bank, which provides capital to underserved communities.

Chilcott was the first co-chair of the International Economic Development Council and in 2013 received IEDC’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development. Chilcott was the last chair of the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED), chair of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) and president of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). He also has served on the boards of numerous local and state non-profit organizations.

Chilcott’s leadership and accomplishments have been recognized by his peers and industry leaders. He is both a Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member of the International Economic Development Council. Chilcott has received both the Golden Bear Award – California’s Highest Accolade for Economic Development Leadership – and the Arthur Goodman Memorial Award for commitment to underserved populations and areas. During his tenure, CDC has received the National Lender Award a record three times, most recently in 2007.

Chilcott is an expert source for local and national media developing stories on small business financing and access to capital. He received his B.A. from Harvard and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

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