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Gary A. Officer

Vice President of Global Engagement and Chief Development Officer

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Gary A. Officer is the Vice President of Global Engagement and Chief Development Officer at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. From 2006-2013, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rebuilding Together, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based homeownership preservation non-profit, and fourth largest remodeler. During his tenure, Mr. Officer successfully grew Rebuilding Together from an operating budget of $3.5 million to $23 million dollar, and successfully placed over $80 million and leveraged an additional $250 million in public and private capital in support of housing community revitalization projects for our nation’s needy. Officer previously led the Associated Black Charities (ABC), a Baltimore based regional philanthropic organization.  .

Mr. Officer has served as President of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the national foundation supporting credit union development in the United States.  During his three-year tenure at NCUF, Mr. Officer successfully grew a $370 million community investment fund that provided grants, loans and, secondary capital, to credit unions and related organizations throughout the United States.

As an affiliate of the Credit Union National Association, National Credit Union Foundation promotes and manages credit union development and consumer savings programs on behalf of CUNA and the US credit union movement.  The Foundation also manages the National Development Education Volunteer Program.

Prior to joining the National Credit Union Foundation, Mr. Officer worked as a leader in the affordable housing sector in the United States.  During that time, he served in the capacity of President and CEO of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, and as Director of Asset Management at Lakefront SRO Corporation in Chicago.

Mr. Officer earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) Political Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University, England, in 1988 and, a Master of Science MSc (Econ) International Relations from the London School of Economics in 1990. In 2012, Officer completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Program (OAMLP) at the Said Business School at Oxford University.

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