Founder of Wall Street Without Walls
Reynolds Expert Advisor in Economic Development
Gregory M. Stanton is the founder and former Director of Wall Street Without Walls (WSWW) a national capital markets access program, utilizing pro bono investment banking expertise to assist low-income and distressed communities throughout the US, like Doctors Without Borders. Mr. Stanton started WSWW in 1998 and under his leadership they built a national network of 140 volunteer bankers which have assisted non-profit leaders, mayors and community organizers raise $2 billion from the mainstream capital markets to finance community development facilities and services. WSWW has helped over 1500 community development organizations and municipalities finance affordable housing, schools, rural and urban community facilities, child care and health care facilities and stem the foreclosure crisis in hard hit states.
Mr. Stanton has been a pioneering partner with the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Governors and Community & Consumer Affairs in its 12 regional bank locations and national supporting foundations with strategic philanthropy missions to create scale and capital access for the vast community development non-profit infrastructure throughout United States. He developed WSWW to bring a national financial services and investment banking expertise as a pro bono investment banking volunteer assistance service to struggling community development organizations. Over the past 10 years, this critical assistance has benefited many communities and municipalities to realize scalable, credit-enhanced methods of financing their key strategic facilities for low-income communities, both rural and urban. These efforts foster economic health, create jobs, and enhance community sustainability.
Mr. Stanton has been a capital markets banker for 25 years. He was a capital markets specialist for Investment Banking firms in NY and Los Angeles, including Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Daiwa Securities America. From 1992-1997, he was the President and CEO of Dover Finance Corporation, a structured finance firm, where he underwrote through Merrill Lynch the hard-to-finance assets of highly leveraged companies - mainly in the media & entertainment industry.
Mr. Stanton serves on the boards and in advisory roles at many organizations such as Native American Investment Group (NAIG), the Community Development Assurity Bond Corporations (CDA, Inc), the NYC Department of Economic Development, the Milken Institute and others. He is also a frequent speaker at several national conferences and meetings.
Mr. Stanton received an MBA from Babson College in 1984 (Phi Beta Gamma), and a BA, cum laude, from Boston College in 1978.