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Napoleon Wallace

Community Development through Responsible Finance

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Civic & Social Organization
  1. Self-Help
  1. Investors' Circle,
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
  3. Wells Fargo Securities
  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Executive Staff

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Community Development through Responsible Finance


Executive Staff

– Present (4 years 7 months)Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area

I work in a social enterprise that focuses on responsible financial services and community development. I coordinate, support and lead projects across the Self-Help's organizations including Self-Help Credit Union and the Center for Responsible Lending.
Perform analytic, research, outreach, administrative, project management and team-building activities within Self-Help as directed by the CEO.

Investors’ Circle Venture Fellow

Investors' Circle
(9 months)

Co-created the Investors' Circle Venture Fellows program along with IC staff. Participated in initial ICVF class, reviewing and recommending ventures to IC staff for participation in the IC Venture Conference.

Carolina Entrepreneurial Fellow

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(1 year 5 months)Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area

Natural Capital Investment Fund Analyst: Developed mission-based lending model to streamline the investment review process and completed risk / impact stratification of loan portfolio.

SJF Institute Green Jobs Research Associate: Co-authored the 2009 Positive Impact Report and completed a literature review on Green Jobs.

Kenan Institute Center for Sustainable Enterprise Research Associate: Consultant providing fundamental and industry analysis on the CSE's consulting engagements.

High Yield Credit Analyst

Wells Fargo Securities
(4 years 2 months)Charlotte, North Carolina Area

Supported bond trading desk and #3 II-ranked sell-side research analyst by producing proprietary debt research and managing institutional client relationships. Built out research infrastructure on 40 companies within coverage universe spanning Oil and Natural Gas, Midstream, Coal, Oilfield Services and Alternative Energy sectors. Created complex financial projection models, distressed asset valuations and covenant analyses to support investment theses and aid in establishing proprietary trading positions.

Commercial Banking Credit Analyst

Mechanics & Farmers Bank
(1 year 11 months)Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area

Provided risk and credit analysis support to Chief Risk Officer and commercial lending executives for use in making capital allocation decisions. Analyzed a diverse portfolio of +$150 million in business loans financing commercial real estate transactions, business expansions and asset-based working capital strategies.

Honors & Awards

2014 40 Under 40

Triangle Business Journal

The Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) 40 Under 40 awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community. TBJ’s 2014 40 Under 40 winners are the region’s up-and-coming thought leaders. Fresh ideas, progressive initiatives and persistent hard work make up the creed of this group. Look for them to shape the Triangle’s vision of tomorrow.


  1. Spanish

    Limited working proficiency


  • Venture Capital
  • Community Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • Investments
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Strategy


North Carolina Central University

Bachelor, Business Administration; Finance

Activities and Societies: Centro Bilingue: Total Immersion Language School

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