CEO / President
Kurt Chilcott is a nationally recognized leader in economic and community development and small business finance. For over 25 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 experienced tremendous growth, establishing offices throughout California, Arizona and Nevada and maintaining its rank as the top-volume CDC in the nation.
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. He 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. In 2009, Chilcott participated in the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Financing Forum, producing recommendations to President Obama on strategies to increase capital to small businesses to spur job creation and strengthen economic recovery.
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.