Wendell Harris joined CCLF in May of 2013 as a Senior Loan/Program Officer with nearly 12 years of banking experience. In May of 2015, Harris was promoted to Director of Lending Operations. He is focused on extending CCLF’s reach to low wealth communities in need of affordable housing, community facilities, commercial retail and/or social enterprises.
Wendell has gained experience in commercial and retail lending, property and account management, retail management sales and growth, and treasury management by holding various positions at leading banking and financial institutions including Northern Trust, LaSalle Bank N.A., Charter One, and GE Capital. Harris also worked for Midway Broadcasting (WVON).
Harris 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 more in the future.