Dawn Carpenter

Ms. Carpenter is a leading authority for financial management and capitalization of nonprofit corporations, having served for over 25 years as an investment and commercial banker and financial advisor to some of the country’s most venerable nonprofit corporations.

Ms. Carpenter is currently engaged as a Practitioner Fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. She is also the host of the internationally-distributed, iTunes Top 20 Business podcast entitled More than Money which focuses on conversations around using your values to inform how you engage with work and invest your wealth. More than Money has been ranked by Causeartist.com as one of the Top 15 Podcasts that Will Inspire You to Change the World.

She is currently in consultation with several prominent universities to establish an international research center for the study of the theological nature of work and the responsibilities of wealth.

Prior to her current engagements, Ms. Carpenter has served as a community development financial consultant to the US Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund where she has been responsible for reviewing applicants for New Markets Tax Credits Awards, Financial Assistance Awards for CDFI credit unions and regulated banks, and other US Treasury Department community development financing programs. She has also served as the Director of Capital Strategies for City First Bank of Washington, D.C., the first CDFI bank serving low and moderate income communities in the nation’s capital. In addition, she advised the City First Bank Foundation which coordinates the corporate social responsibilities of the corporation.  

Ms. Carpenter’s banking career has included serving as a Senior Vice President of Nonprofit Banking for both JPMorgan Securities (investment banking function)/JPMorgan Chase (commercial banking function) and PNC Bank, having previously been the founder of Eos Financial Group, a nonprofit financial advisory subsidiary of the National Cooperative Bank, and beginning her career as a public finance investment banker with Alex. Brown & Sons.

In service to the broader community, Ms. Carpenter currently is as a member of the Investment Advisory Board of the Finance Committee of the American Society for Microbiology.  She has served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors of DC Habitat for Humanity and was a founding Advisory Board member of the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  She has also served as the Chairman of the Investment Committee and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Black and Indian Missions Office. In addition, Ms. Carpenter has served as the Chairman of the Arlington County, Virginia Industrial Development Authority and as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Oakcrest School in McLean, Virginia.

Ms. Carpenter is a frequent writer and lecturer on the integration of Catholic theology and business. She is also an international speaker with talks in 2018 in Switzerland and Italy and in 2017 in Russia.   Ms. Carpenter is currently designing a course entitled “Finance for Social Good” for the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and has taught graduate applied financial management courses at Busch School of Business at Catholic University of America, and nonprofit financial management courses in the graduate programs of public policy at both the University of Maryland and George Mason University.

She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary doctoral degree at Georgetown University, where her groundbreaking work in applied ethics is rooted in a theological understanding of the nature work and the responsibilities of wealth.  Ms. Carpenter has previously earned a earned a M.P.M. in Public Sector Financial Management from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in Sacred Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, and B.A./M.A. in political science from American University.

Ms. Carpenter and her family reside in Washington, DC.