Chief External Affairs Officer
Robert Villarreal is a staunch advocate of getting capital into the hands of all entrepreneurs, particularly those who’ve historically struggled to get affordable loans — including women, minorities and veterans. Villarreal, who has 20-plus years of economic development and non-profit experience, also believes in educating businesses as part of the lending process to ensure they only take on financing that generates sustainable growth.
His current responsibilities at CDC Small Business Finance also include:
Before his current role, Villarreal led CDC Small Business Finance’s Community Lending Programs. Under his leadership the organization became the No. 1 SBA Community Advantage lender in the nation. Created by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Community Advantage helps underserved small business owners get affordable loans of up $250,000 and post-loan advising to increase their odds of long-term success.
Previously, Villarreal was the market development manager for Bank of America. There, he managed the bank’s sponsorship and philanthropic programs in the San Diego market. He also served as the inaugural president and chief executive of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he developed an award-winning procurement program.
Outside of work, he is an avid runner and has completed the Rock-n-Roll Marathon on two occasions. He lives in Chula Vista with his wife, Annabelle; they have a son who resides in the Bay Area.
Achievements + Awards:
Past Community Involvement:
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 (all loan products)
Jobs created and preserved