Wendell Harris

Vice President of Lending Operations

(312) 252-0427

Wendell Harris has over 20 years of commercial real estate, property management, and banking experience. He was promoted to Vice President of Lending Operations in March 2019, after serving as Director of Lending Operations following a brief tenure as Senior Loan/Program Officer for CCLF.

In the past five years, he has underwritten investments at CCLF that leveraged over $443.3 million in real estate transactions that strengthen lower-wealth communities. He has held various positions in Treasury Management, Retail Management, Business Banking, and Commercial Real Estate at leading financial institutions such as Northern Trust, LaSalle Bank N.A., Charter One, GE Capital, and Urban Partnership Bank.  He also worked for Midway Broadcasting (WVON radio) in Marketing and Sales.

Wendell holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a certificate in Financial Analysis from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. Wendell enjoys spending time with family, has a passion for classic cars, has volunteered as an Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for Morgan Park High School and Fenger High School in Chicago, and looks forward to coaching again in the future.