Will Lambe is a senior community and economic development advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He specializes in development finance and has written and spoken on topics ranging from rural development, public-private partnerships, tax credit programs, philanthropy, and the Community Reinvestment Act. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Will was director of community and economic development programming at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government, where he carried out research and advised local governments on partnerships for attracting private investment into distressed areas. He has published numerous articles and a book on community economic development strategies for smaller towns and cities. In 2015, Will was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship to travel and study public-private finance in China. He serves on the board of directors for the Grove Park Foundation in Atlanta (a Purpose Built Community), and the advisory boards for Enterprise Community Partners and Neighborhood Lending Partners. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
During the Fellowship
Will focused on developing a framework and narrative around community investment that aligns with the Southeast’s political culture. He tested it with new audiences as a preliminary step to attracting new champions to ultimately unlock more resources for community investment in the region.