Alan has helped lead HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) since its founding in 1994, including overseeing all lending during his 20+ years as COO. Since 2019, Alan has served as CFO and is responsible for the management of HOPE’s balance sheet (investments, asset liability management, interest rate risk management, etc.), compliance, and other supporting infrastructure like Information Technology and Data Analytics. Prior to joining HOPE in 1994, Alan worked as a commercial banker at Signet Bank, serving small and medium-sized businesses; a consultant to the micro-lending program at the North Carolina Rural Center; and a research associate at Harvard Business School. Alan earned his BA from Oral Roberts University, MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, and PhD from Jackson State University. Alan serves on the Rural Advisory Committee for LISC, the NMTC Community Advisory Committee for Primary Care Development Corporation and for Mid-Cities CDE, the Loan Committee for Appalachian Capital Corporation, and the Expanding Black Business Capital Design Team. He has served as Board Treasurer of the Opportunity Finance Network, and Committee member for projects like the U.S. Financial Diaries and Joint Center on Housing Studies Research Symposium.