Full Bio

Irvin M. Henderson, Principal
Henderson and Company

Starting from a small financial services firm in Henderson, NC, Irvin Henderson built a multi-dimensional development company. Working with local and international partners, his company creates developments in major cities in the U.S. and around the world which anchor communities so that they can then flourish. The company also seeks to preserve buildings of historical importance.


— Founded Henderson Financial Services — securities, real estate, insurance, planning

— Helped found Gateway Community Development Corporation

— Helped found the National Community Reinvestment Coalition

— Helped found the CRA Mutual Fund (Community Capital Trust)

— Helped found the NC Fair Housing Center and the CRA of NC

— Helped President Clinton with the reform of CRA and the introduction of CDFIs

— NTCIC renames Small Deal Main Street Program in his honor to the Irvin Henderson Main Street Revitalization Fund Read more…..


  • Founder, former Chair and Current Exec. Comm. Member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition-the largest CRA organization globally
  • Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Immediate Past Chairman of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation
  • Trustee of Community Capital Trust-mutual funds
  • Advisory Board—Monticello
  • Audit Chair—National Main Street Center, NC
  • Advisory Board Central States CDE
  • Chair Emeritus of Truist National Advisory Board


  • Prepped at Phillips Academy, Andover
  • Undergraduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Masters Work, Pratt Institute
  • Valedictorian, National Internship in Community Economic Development

Past Developments (2010 -2020)

ICA GreenRise Center, Chicago, IL (2017-2018) Phase 1, 53 units, 166,000 square feet

National Economic Justice Center, 740 15th Street, Washington, DC
A 13-story office and retail facility one block from the White House

Arc of Hilo Job Development Center, Hilo, Hawaii
(2009 – 2013)
Job creation center for persons with disabilities, Arc of Hilo operates 6 social enterprises from this site.

Also completed development of a training module for community-based organizations on “Earned Income and Non-profits: Fulfilling the Mission with Our Resources”—utilizing the six embedded social enterprises of the Arc of Hilo, Hawaii

Hotel Hinton, Edonton, NC
Restoration and rehabilitation of 116,000 square feet

New Granada Square, Pittsburgh, PA
Mixed-use historic theater restoration

The Aqueduct, Puerto Rico 2015 Research space, event and offices

Cape Fear Arsenal plant and enterprise. Lumberton, NC 2013-2015