Southern Bancorp Community Partners, President
Anthony Young is a husband, father, entrepreneur, community and economic developer, with passion for revitalizing communities and facilitating the growth of local economies. Currently, he serves as the President of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a nonprofit loan fund CDFI headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. As President, Anthony leads the organization’s vision in providing flexible lending options, asset building strategies to help families and communities build wealth, and public policy advocacy.
Prior to his role at Southern Bancorp Community Partners, Young spearheaded ecosystem-level capital deployment as Director of Capital Programs for Epicenter, the entrepreneurship hub of the Greater Memphis region. In his role, Anthony connected entrepreneurs to a variety of capital types and helped to ensure equitable access to capital across the Memphis community.
Proceeding his work at Epicenter, Anthony served as the Economic Development Director at River City Capital, an affiliate of Community LIFT, where he led the organization’s strategies to support economic development in distressed Memphis neighborhoods and was instrumental in developing new products, new policies, and a new go-to-market process.
Young previously worked in the banking industry for 10 years, serving most recently as Branch Manager for Regions Bank. While at Regions, he received the Chairman’s Club Award, which is the bank’s highest honor, and was a graduate of Regions’ Emerging Leaders Program. He also has an extensive background in commercial lending, cash flow analysis, and strategic management.
In 2018, Anthony was one of 27 national economic development leaders selected into the Opportunity Fellows Program, an initiative aimed at leading systemic change through diversity, equity and inclusion in the CDFI Industry. In 2020, Anthony graduated from the Executive Class of Leadership Memphis, and was selected as Top 40 Under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal.
Anthony currently serves on the Investment Committee for Launch TN, the Loan Committee for United Housing, the Northern Region Council for Hope Credit Union.
Young is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi.
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