South Carolina Community Loan Fund (SCCLF) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Joseph Dukes as Community Development Loan Officer for the coastal region. Joseph joined the organization at the end of January, based out of SCCLF’s headquarters in Charleston.

Joseph joins our Columbia-based Lending Director, James Chatfield, and Upstate Community Development Loan Officer, Brendan Buttimer, in working to expand the impact of our lending and technical assistance programs across the state. As the Coastal Community Development Loan Officer, Joseph will be responsible for the growth and management of SCCLF’s loan portfolio in Coastal SC as well as business development and program marketing.

Joseph comes to SCCLF with 12 years of experience working in diverse outreach and programmatic roles within the public sector. Most recently, Joseph worked as a Compliance Manager with the City of Columbia where he was responsible for the management and monitoring of 8 million dollars in federal funds, as well as a staff of five. Prior to that role, he spent several years working with woman and minority small business owners on certification, underwriting, and business development at the Governor’s Office. He also previously worked in the claims department for Colonial Life Insurance and BlueCross BlueShield of SC. Joseph holds a Master’s in Public Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law.

“I have dedicated a good portion of my career to serving people who have been denied access to capital so I was immediately drawn to SCCLF’s work,” Joseph explained. “I am excited to join an organization that shares my dedication to this mission, and to have the opportunity to meet and work with people who are passionate about helping others achieve their goals. I look forward to learning from the rest of the lending team, and working together to move SCCLF’s mission forward across the state.”

Michelle Mapp, Chief Executive Officer said “Joseph’s commitment to South Carolina communities and experience working in local and state government have already made him an integral addition to the SCCLF team. As we continue to expand our reach and impact across the state, building the capacity of our lending team is essential to moving our mission forward. In addition, Joseph’s experience working with minority and woman-owned small businesses aligns with our organizational focus on reaching more borrowers who have historically had difficulty securing capital, and our dedication to deploying more programs that meet the needs of South Carolina’s underserved diverse communities.”