Our Founder

Debbi Hurd Baptist

A 15-year veteran of banking, finance and capital markets transactions, Debbi Hurd Baptist was the founding president and CEO of the first community development bank in Washington.  Prior to her death on November 6, 2000, Ms. Baptist served as one of City First’s organizing directors and shareholders, making an indelible imprint on the inaugural business planning, structuring and capitalization of the Bank. Prior to joining City First, Ms. Baptist served for six years as a director of community development investments in the Multifamily Division at Freddie Mac, where she was responsible for the development and management of housing tax credits and other mortgage products to increase the purchase volume of affordable rental housing. Under her leadership, the tax credit portfolio grew from $50 million to over $1.0 billion, providing capital to 1500 projects nationwide

She served on the board of, Christmas in April USA, the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL), Homes for America, and TRM Copy Center Corporation. She held a B.A. in economics from Smith College, a master’s degree in urban design and planning form the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an M.B.A in finance from the George Washington University

Each year, City First honors partners who exemplify Ms. Baptist’s commitment to improving the economic health and access to capital in low-wealth Washington-area communities with the Baptist Award.  

Security Notice for Windows XP Users

As you may already know, on April 8, 2014 Microsoft will stop issuing security updates to Windows XP. This means that after April 8, 2014 there will be a substantial security risk to anyone using this operating system, since security vulnerabilities will no longer be patched. If you are currently using Windows XP please take note of this. Although this will not cause an interruption to any of the service we provide our customers, continued use of a computer utilizing Windows XP could place your devices and the information on them at serious risk. We encourage you to learn more about this upcoming cessation of service by Microsoft and to become informed on what you will need to do to secure your information.

To learn more we suggest you visit:Microsoft XP Support Ends at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx

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