William J. Bynum, CEO of Hope Credit Union, is Keynote Speaker
Bill Bynum is CEO of HOPE, a credit union, loan fund, and policy center that serves one of the nation’s most impoverished regions. Since 1994 HOPE has provided financial services, leveraged resources, and shaped policies that have benefited more than 650,000 residents in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
A recipient of the Aspen Global Leadership Network’s John P. McNulty Prize and University of North Carolina Distinguished Alumnus Award, Bill has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on financial service matters, and served ten years as Chairman of Treasury’s Community Development Advisory Board. He is a member of the US Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and serves on several boards including: CFPB Consumer Advisory Board, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Aspen Institute, CFED, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and Millsaps College.
Other honors include the Ernst & Young/Kauffman Foundation National Entrepreneur of the Year, Credit Union National Association Wegner Award, Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance, National Rural Assembly Rural Hero, and National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions Annie Vamper Award.
The Federation’s Annual Conference and CUNA’s Community Credit Union Conference is the industry’s largest gathering of credit unions that share a mission of community development in the US.