Chief Operating Officer
Kim Buttemer, a longtime stalwart of disenfranchised communities and promoting economic development for all, serves as chief operating officer of CDC Small Business Finance.
Buttemer has long believed CDC Small Business Finance’s success as a leading mission-based lender centers on its commitment to small business entrepreneurs — especially when they need us the most. This mindful strategy has allowed the organization to ‘do good’ for the thriving communities we serve while operating as a sustainable business. For Buttemer, this dual approach comes naturally, as she’s carved out an industry niche in making a difference while promoting smart economic growth
As chief operating officer, Buttemer handles day-to-day oversight, strategic planning, policy development and project management for a non-profit with a $2 billion loan portfolio. She also manages loan production and post-funding operations and the execution of confidential initiatives.
Under her leadership, Buttemer played an integral role in:
In her two-plus decades at CDC Small Business Finance, Buttemer has served a number of leadership roles including director of administration and senior vice president.
Before joining CDC Small Business Finance, she served as founding partner of a consulting firm that helped U.S. companies expand to Asia. During those four years, she gained invaluable insights into the hard-won successes and challenges of being a small business owner — experience that has guided her decisions as a community lender.
Prior to that, Buttemer worked as vice president of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, where she focused heavily on attracting technology and manufacturing firms to San Diego.
Buttemer is married with two young adult children.
CDC Small Business Finance
As a leader in nonprofit small business lending
Dollars in SBA real estate financed
Dollars in working capital loans
Dollars to people of color, women + veterans
Jobs created and preserved