Albernard Bass

Al is a native of Durham with over 40 years of experience in the area of commercial lending and community development. As Executive Vice President of Self-Help Credit Union/Ventures Fund, Al has senior responsibility of working with leadership to facilitate and supervise the delivery of programs and activities in accordance with Self-Help’s mission and goals. He manages a subset of the organization’s Team Leaders within North Carolina and works with other leaders to ensure appropriate allocation and use of resources and support. Additionally, he serves a member of the Coordinating Committee, advising the CEO on organizational strategy and issues in conjunction with other EVP’s. In his capacity with Self-Help Al has served as an underwriter and credit committee member and has been instrumental in approval of financing for a number of high impact community projects in Durham and surrounding communities.

Prior to joining Self-Help, Al served in a senior capacity with two of Durham’s oldest Community Banks, Mutual Community Savings Bank and Mechanics and Farmers Bank, having responsibility for the growth, profitability and soundness of each bank’s loan portfolio and all related administrative matters. Over the years Al has demonstrated a deep commitment to the communities served by both banks and an even deeper commitment to economic development in Durham. Under his leadership each of the banks has been instrumental in the development of projects within UDI’s Industrial Park and other commercial projects.

Al maintains active involvement in several community service organizations. Currently, he serves on the board of UDI/Community Development Corporation, ST Joseph’s Place Elderly Center and he is a credit committee member for Vital Healthcare Capital a NY based organization which provides catalytic capital for healthcare providers that serve low-income communities. He has previously served as board chair for Downtown Durham, Inc, and has served as a board member for Durham Convention Center.

Authority, Red Cross of Durham, YMCA, Salvation Army, Carolina Steel Construction, LLC, Hayti Development Corporation and a host of other community organizations.