Blondel A. Pinnock
Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer
Carver Federal Savings Bank
New York, N.Y.
Blondel Andrea Pinnock was at a career crossroads after completing law school. She could remain a corporate attorney or find a way to combine law with her passion for real estate. “I had two opportunities: either work at a new law firm that had a real estate practice, or work for city government.” She joined New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. “I got to work with some of the brightest people that I have ever met, and learned how to use housing policy to transform barren neighborhoods into thriving communities,” she says.
Today, Pinnock is senior vice president and chief lending officer at Carver Federal Savings Bank, one of the country’s oldest Black-managed banks and the first of its kind to be listed on The Nasdaq Stock Exchange. She oversees the bank’s commercial lending and investments strategy, leads its loan origination team and helps to manage its $550 million loan portfolio. The Delta Sigma Theta soror also is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointee on the city’s Residential Mortgage Insurance Corp. (REMIC) and the New York City Community Investment Advisory Board.
Pinnock has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Hofstra University Law School. A resident of Harlem, the New York City community where Carver is headquartered, she sees the tangible results of her work. “I walk through a block that once lacked businesses, now there are bakeries and coffee shops, which also means you now have jobs and a thriving community. I get to point and say, ‘I helped do that.’”
After a hard day’s work, Pinnock likes to binge-watch television, including shows that are a far cry from the headier political news shows she enjoys. “I have NPR on all the time and watch CNN. They balance out my watching the reality TV shows,” she says.