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
  • Joseph Battle
  • Ed Byron, Attorney - Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
  • Leonor Clavijo, Executive Director - NC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Esteve Coll-Larrosa, Branch Manager - Self-Help
  • 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
  • Charlie Steel, Special Counsel - Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A.
  • Harold W. Vaden

Updated 11/17/17

Center for Community Self-Help

  • Lewis Myers, Interim CEO of DDI (Chair)
  • Katherine Stern Weaver, President - Residence Development Company (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Farad Ali, President and CEO of NCIMED
  • Melvin Davis, Private Equity Investor and Attorney - Onset Capital Partners, LLC
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Center for Community Self-Help
  • Michael Giarla
  • Zakiya James, Procurement Logistics Lead - Self-Help
  • Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Director - Analytical Consulting Services, UNC Health Care Services, Enterprise Analytics & Data Science
  • Gene R. Nichol, Professor of Law and 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 11/17/17

Self-Help Federal Credit Union

  • Salvador Menjivar, Executive Director - Beneficial State Foundation (Vice Chair)
  • Raul Raymundo, CEO - The Resurrection Project (Secretary)
  • Carl Rist, Executive Director - 1:1 Fund, Corporation for Enterprise Development (Treasurer)
  • Maggie Cervantes, Executive Director - New Economics for Women (Vice Chair)
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Tanya Branch, CPA
  • Lisette Islas, Chief Impact Officer - MAAC

Updated 10/12/17

Self-Help Ventures Fund

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

Updated 10/24/17