Robert “Bob” Dickerson, Jr., has been appointed Chairperson of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC) Board of Directors, resuming a post he previously held from 2014 to 2021.
“Bob Dickerson is leadership personified, as every person who’s lived or worked in Birmingham knows very well, and I’m grateful he’s agreed to resume leadership of NCRC’s board,” NCRC President and CEO Jesse Van Tol said. “Our staff spends every day hip-deep in the work of building a just economy, while our Board provides the high-level insights and guidance we need to ensure those day-to-day efforts match the long-term strategic vision we fight for. With Bob returning to the Chairperson’s role, we can continue to count on the passionate and clear-eyed oversight and support NCRC got in recent years under his predecessor Katy Crosby. Like Katy – and all our past chairs – Bob has the combination of smarts and experience that are essential in a role like this.”
Outgoing NCRC Board Chairperson Catherine “Katy” Crosby is joining NCRC’s staff as Chief of Community Engagement and Institutional Accountability.
“I’m glad to take on the responsibilities of chairing NCRC’s board once again, and proud to have the opportunity to continue serving an organization I’ve helped lead for much of my adult life,” said Dickerson, who has been a member or chair of NCRC’s board since 2009. “You don’t spend 15 years with folks if you don’t believe in them – and believe you can help them. I’ve watched NCRC lead economic justice advocates through some of the toughest imaginable fights, and I’m proud to play a continued role in guiding and advancing the organization’s ambitions into the future.”
Dickerson is Executive Director of the Birmingham Business Resource Center (BBRC), which he founded in 1996 to fill a key gap in the local development landscape. BBRC delivers loan capital and capacity building support in tandem, alongside organized advocacy work on local policy issues affecting the Birmingham, Alabama, housing and small business markets.