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Our Leadership


CEO & Co-Founder: Martin Eakes

Martin Eakes is co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. Read Martin's bio here.

Self-Help's Boards of Directors

Self-Help Credit Union

  • La-Tasha Best-Gaddy, Business Counselor - Small Business and Technology Development Center at NCCU (Chair)
  • Scott Misner, President - Misner & Associates Public Relation (Vice Chair)
  • Alan Reberg (Secretary)
  • F. David Kearns, Analyst - Duke Health Technology Solutions Service Operations Center (Treasurer)
  • Ed Fulbright, CPA, PA - Fulbright & Fulbright (Audit & Strategic Planning Committees)
  • Elbert Avery, Consultant; Senior Business Services Manager - City of Durham Community Development Department
  • Joseph Battle
  • Ed Byron, Attorney - Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Vicky Garcia, SVP Product and Risk Management - Latino Community Credit Union
  • Laura Jackson, Ecologist
  • Thomas King, VP, Florida Market Leader - Accretive Solutions
  • George Lee, Audit Consultant - Resources Global Professionals
  • Deborah McKetty, President and CEO - CommunityWorks, Inc.
  • Ebony Perkins, Investment Associate - Self-Help
  • Charlie Steel, Special Counsel - Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A.
  • Harold W. Vaden

Updated 6/01/19

Center for Community Self-Help

  • Lewis Myers, former interim President and CEO - Downtown Durham, Inc. (Chair)
  • Katherine Stern Weaver, President - Residence Development Company (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Farad Ali, President, National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Melvin Davis, Private Equity Investor and Attorney
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Center for Community Self-Help
  • Michael Giarla
  • Tamika McGhee, Outreach Associate and DC Office Coordinator - Center for Responsible Lending
  • Gene R. Nichol, Professor of Law and former Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity - UNC
  • Linda Shaw, Executive Director - NC PACE Association
  • David Stein, Education Partnership Coordinator - Duke University Office of Community Affairs

Updated 6/01/19

Self-Help Federal Credit Union

  • Emilio J. Huerta, Attorney - Law Office of Emilio J. Huerta (Chair)
  • Maggie Cervantes, Executive Director - NEW Economics for Women (Vice Chair)
  • Raul Raymundo, CEO - The Resurrection Project (Secretary)
  • Carl Rist, Executive Director - Senior Director, Prosperity Now (Treasurer)
  • Tanya Branch, CPA
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Arnold Pugh, Retired - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; longtime Seaway member

Updated 6/01/19

Self-Help Ventures Fund

  • John Holdsclaw, IV, SVP, Corporate Affairs - Office of the President, National Cooperative Bank (Chair & Strategic Planning Committee)
  • Catherine Clark, Director, CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing - CASE at Duke University (Strategic Planning Committee)
  • Matt Hobbs, Vice President - Blue Heron Asset Management, LLC (Strategic Planning Committee)
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Tara Kenchen, President and CEO - NC Community Development Initiative
  • Ivan Parra, Executive Director - North Carolina Latino Coalition
  • Jean Pudlo, JP Pudlo Consulting
  • Miguel Rubiera, Retired Executive Director - Habitat for Humanity Durham
  • Robert Schall, Retired President - Self-Help Ventures Fund

Updated 6/01/19