Harold Pettigrew

Executive Director, Washington Area Community Investment Fund

Washington, D.C.

Accelerate Collaboration, Prioritize Equity, Shift Capital  |  Community Capital, Community Economic Development, Funding / Investment, Technical Assistance

Harold empowers under-served communities and addresses financial security for small businesses by providing technical assistance and access to capital.

Harold has spent his career in economic development, with over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship and small business development, venture capital investing, transportation and transit, workforce development and public sector management. Prior to joining Wacif, Harold was the Director of Entrepreneurship for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), where he led the organization’s national efforts to advance policies and programs that increase business success for low-and moderate-income microbusiness owners throughout the United States. Before that Harold was director for Washington D.C.’s small business agency, leading programs and advocating on issues impacting small business. He also served as DC’s Licensing Administrator, reforming the city’s business licensing process. In May 2015, Harold was named a part of the 2015 Vanguard by Next City as a top urban/city innovator under 40, and he received the ‘40 Under 40’ Award for Rising Stars in Economic Development in 2013. He serves on the boards of several localist and youth focused organizations such as Deanwood Heights Main Streets, BUILD, and Wise Young Builders. He has a master’s of urban planning from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree from NC State, where he also served as a member of the Board of Trustees. Harold was born, and lives, in Washington D.C.


  • Over 1500 jobs created or retained
  • Over $27 million in capital for small business and affordable housing
  • Over 2,000 hours of small business technical assistance
  • Closed 27 loans for $1.7M in 2015, 75% of which went to minority and women-owned businesses