Roy Southerland, Jr. is the Managing Director of Business Infrastructure of New Jersey Community Capital. He works with NJCC’s Lending and Finance teams to help market, grow and support the firm’s broader efforts across impact investing and community development finance. Roy assists with strategic planning and tactical implementation of business operations across the organization. He also represents the firm in public forums and helps to establish external business partnerships that lead to raising capital and driving NJCC’s deal flow.
Prior to NJCC, Roy was the Chief Investment Officer at Invest Newark where he managed $20M of investment funds. , which is the City of Newark, New Jersey’s Community Development Corporation. He was a high-level member of a team of experts that controlled the management of Invest Newark’s $20 Million of investment funds. He was one of the team leads charged with business operations, the creation and operation of the Newark Land Bank, the design of company financial systems and the company’s lending policies and processes. Previously, Roy was the Senior Program Officer of Lending for Greater Newark Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and a Senior Loan Officer at New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA).
Roy received a Bachelor of Science in Communications Sciences from Howard University in Washington, DC, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ, and a Master of Arts in Public Strategic Leadership from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY. He is currently a MBA student at Louisiana State University with an expected graduation in 2024. He is also certificated in Credit Risk Analysis (NYU) and Community and Economic Development Financing (Cornell).