Gary L. Cunningham

President & Chief Executive Officer at Corporation for Enterprise Development

Gary L. Cunningham

Gary L. Cunningham

President & Chief Executive Officer at Corporation for Enterprise Development

Biography

Gary L. Cunningham is on the board of The Association for Enterprise Opportunity. In the past Mr. Cunningham held the position of President & Chief Executive Officer at Metropolitan Economic Development Association. He received an undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State University and a graduate degree from Harvard University.

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Corporation for Enterprise Development
Metropolitan Economic Development Association

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674

Number of Boards

9

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Director at Great Neighborhoods Development Corp.

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Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Thrivent Financial

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Venture Partner at Nextgen Venture Partners LLC

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President & Chief Executive Officer at LiftFund, Inc.

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Member-Governors Board at JA Worldwide, Inc.

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Senior Advisor to the Chairman at Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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CDFI Lending & Investing Executive at Bank of America Corp.

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Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education & Senior Fellow at New York University

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Vice Chairman at New Economics for Women

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Co-Founder at ShoreBank Corporation

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Gary L. Cunningham
President & Chief Executive Officer at Corporation for Enterprise Development
Education
Master's Degree in Public Administration
Class of 1991

The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices. Our research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals. We identify successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy

Metropolitan State University is a school in Saint Paul.

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

National Academy of Public Administration provides evaluation, analysis and recommendation for public management, governance, policy and operational situations. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Career History
Chief Program Officer
2007 - 2014

The Northwest Area Foundation is committed to the well-being of the people in our region. We support efforts across our eight states to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. We focus on the work of proven or promising organizations — those that have demonstrated success and those that are on the cutting edge and poised to do innovative work in poverty reduction.

President & Chief Executive Officer
2014 - 2019

Metropolitan Economic Development Association is a nonprofit company headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, that provides business management consulting services for minority entrepreneurs. Alfredo V. Martel is the CEO, in this role since 2019.The company says this about itself: The mission of Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) is to help BIPOC entrepreneurs succeed. Meda's vision is thriving communities through equal economic participation. Through its three main accelerator services, Meda provides the tools and resources crucial for business scaling, including: access to capital, access to trusted business advising, and access to contracts.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Current

PROSPERITY NOW'S (FORMERLY CFED) WORK MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL SECURITY AND CONTRIBUTE TO AN OPPORTUNITY ECONOMY. WE SCALE INNOVATIVE PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS THAT EMPOWER LOW-AND MODERATE-INCOME PEOPLE TO BUILD WEALTH. WE DRIVE RESPONSIVE POLICY CHANGE AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. WE SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF COMMUNITY LEADERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ADVANCE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs (also called the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Policy & Affairs, formerly known as the Humphrey Institute) is a graduate public affairs school located at the University of Minnesota, ranking among the top 15 professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country. It is named after Hubert H. Humphrey, former Vice President of the United States and Presidential candidates. Its program concentration in nonprofit management ranks fifth in the nation. Degrees offered at the Humphrey School include: Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS-STEP), Master of Development Practice (MDP) and Mid-career Master of Public Affairs (MPA).

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1 - $999
2018

Metropolitan Economic Development Association is an American nonprofit company located in Minneapolis, MN. The firm provides business management consulting services for minority entrepreneurs. Alfredo V. Martel is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2019.The company says this about itself: The mission of Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) is to help BIPOC entrepreneurs succeed. Meda's vision is thriving communities through equal economic participation. Through its three main accelerator services, Meda provides the tools and resources crucial for business scaling, including: access to capital, access to trusted business advising, and access to contracts.

$1 - $999
2017

Metropolitan Economic Development Association is an American nonprofit company located in Minneapolis, MN. The firm provides business management consulting services for minority entrepreneurs. Alfredo V. Martel is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2019.The company says this about itself: The mission of Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) is to help BIPOC entrepreneurs succeed. Meda's vision is thriving communities through equal economic participation. Through its three main accelerator services, Meda provides the tools and resources crucial for business scaling, including: access to capital, access to trusted business advising, and access to contracts.

$1,000 - $2,999
2016

Metropolitan Economic Development Association is an American nonprofit company located in Minneapolis, MN. The firm provides business management consulting services for minority entrepreneurs. Alfredo V. Martel is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2019.The company says this about itself: The mission of Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) is to help BIPOC entrepreneurs succeed. Meda's vision is thriving communities through equal economic participation. Through its three main accelerator services, Meda provides the tools and resources crucial for business scaling, including: access to capital, access to trusted business advising, and access to contracts.

Political Donations
$250
2013

Former Senator from Minnesota

$750
2011

Attorney General at Minnesota Office of the Attorney General

$250
2008

Former Senator from Minnesota

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