Marvin E. Gilmore Jr., President & CEO
Since the early 1960s, I have been involved in community affairs in the inner city. I was one of the founders of the first minority bank in Boston. I served on the Low Income Housing Commission, whose proposed legislation created the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. This history of activism and innovation to meet the needs of the community has helped shape the efforts of the Community Development Corporation of Boston.
The unemployment and urban decay which resulted from the flight of businesses and industries from the inner city presented a challenge demanding new approaches. Through a variety of cooperative relationships with community, city, state, federal financial and philanthropic organizations, I sought the means to reinvest in the infrastructure of this area and to attract new businesses here. As we head into the 21st century, I urge continued cooperative efforts to meet future challenges, particularly job creation in an increasingly technological society.