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Ellis Carr

President + Chief Executive Officer, CDC Small Business Finance + Capital Impact Partners

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Ellis Carr has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and mortgage industries.  In 2021, Carr became CDC Small Business Finance’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  He also serves as Capital Impact Partners’ President and Chief Executive Officer.

He leads both CDC Small Business Finance and Capital Impact Partners. The organizations have united operations to launch a transformative new enterprise to innovate how capital and investments flow into historically disinvested communities to advance economic empowerment and equitable wealth creation.

Prior to joining CDC Small Business Finance, Carr joined Capital Impact Partners in 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Carr has also held various positions in the investments, capital markets, strategy, and corporate finance areas within Freddie Mac, and in fixed-income fund management both domestically and abroad at Deutsche Bank.

Awards + Achievements

  • 2018 Washington Business Journal’s list of “Top Minority Business Leaders”
  • 2015 Washington Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” business executives

Community Involvement

  • Marguerite Casey Foundation, Board Member
  • Aspen Institute Finance Leader Fellow
  • Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board
  • Martha’s Table, Board Chair
  • Housing Partnership Network (HPN), Board Treasurer


  • Georgetown University, master’s degree in Real Estate with a concentration in Finance
  • Towson University, bachelor’s degree in Accounting



CDC Small Business Finance


As a leader in nonprofit lending


Dollars in SBA Real Estate Financed


Dollars in working capital loans


Dollars to people of color, women + veterans


Jobs created and preserved


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