William J. Bynum
CEO, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Community Credit Union
William (Bill) Bynum is CEO of ECD/HOPE (Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Community Credit Union), a community development financial institution, intermediary and policy center that addresses development needs confronting low-wealth people and communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Since 1994 ECD/HOPE has generated over $1 billion in financing and related assistance for entrepreneurs, homebuyers and community development projects in the Delta, areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and other distressed Mid South communities, benefiting more than 70,000 individuals. A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Bynum is recipient of the University of North Carolina Distinguished Alumnus Award, Ernst & Young/ Kauffman Foundation National Entrepreneurship of the Year Award, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions Annie Vamper Award, and National Rural Assembly Rural Hero Award. He serves as a trustee/director of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Foundation for the Mid South, Regions Bank Community Development Corporation, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Access to Justice Commission and is a Presidential appointee to the Community Development Advisory Board, which he currently chairs. Prior to joining ECD/HOPE, Bill helped establish Self-Help, a pioneer in the development banking industry, and directed programs at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.