The Kalmanovitz Initiative is excited to welcome Dawn M. Carpenter as its new Practitioner Fellow!
Dawn is a doctoral candidate in liberal studies at Georgetown University where she is researching new ways to understand the nature of work and the responsibilities of wealth. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on the integration of theology and business. As a Practitioner Fellow at the KI, Dawn will seek to advance her work in using the tools of finance and investment to serve and empower the working poor. Drawing from her experience as a banker, teacher, and theologian, Dawn’s writings explore the universal call to work and the unique role as that people have as fiduciaries of the material world.
In 2013, Dawn Carpenter left her role at JPMorgan to bring finance and investment tools to under-served markets. Her first effort was to address the capitalization needs of City First Bank of DC, Washington, DC’s first Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”). She later has gone on to serve as a consultant to the US Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund, where she currently works with the New Market Tax Credit Program, Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance Programs and the CDFI Bond Program.
Dawn’s background and expertise in banking will help the KI search for ways to harness the power of finance to advance the dignity of work and a more just economy.