William (Bill) Bynum is CEO of HOPE, a family of organizations that provides financial services and engages in advocacy to combat the extent to which factors such as race, gender, birthplace, and wealth limit one’s ability to prosper. Since 1994, Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union, and Hope Policy Institute have generated over $3 billion in financing that has benefited nearly 2 million people in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Bynum began his career in North Carolina building groundbreaking financing and community development programs at Self-Help and the NC Rural Center.
Bynum’s board service includes the Aspen Institute, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Prosperity Now, Churchill Capital IV and V, Black Vision Fund, Mississippi Today, and William Winter Institute. He is an adviser to Bank of America, E Pluribus Unum, NEON, and Wells Fargo. A recipient of the University of North Carolina Distinguished Alumnus Award, Bynum is a Towsley policymaker in residence at the University of Michigan Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, Henry Crown fellow, Emerson Collective Dial fellow, and Salzburg Global fellow. He previously chaired the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Advisory Board and the Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board and served on the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty.