Lance Knuckles Selected as the SLDC Director of Strategic Growth & Development

Lance Knuckles is focused on removing barriers that allow people to realize their full potential

September 21, 2021 | 2 min reading time

ST. LOUIS— Lance Knuckles joined the St. Louis Development Corporation as the SLDC Director of Strategic Growth & Development.  He believes that empowering others and contributing as a servant to humanity are the determining factors that facilitate emotional, economic, and educational growth. Lance Knuckles is focused on removing barriers that allow people to realize their full potential by leveraging his Four-T methodology: Truth, Time, Talent, and Treasure. With faith as his guide, Lance applies social, emotional, and financial principles as foundational tools to equalize the power dynamic to allow people to build bridges, identify common themes, and achieve positive, longstanding outcomes.

As a value-driven leader, Lance capitalizes on his talents as a strategic thought leader. He advances social, financial, and economic equity to lift under-estimated people and communities to realize a legacy of economic improvement that spans generations. His experiences include developing small businesses and structuring public private partnerships to empower neighborhoods through financial planning services and support. 

Lance brings more than 20 years of community development experience centered in principles of equitable development, strategy, and operational integration.  Lance comes to SLDC from US Bank Community Development Corporation, where he leads the development and execution of business line strategy focused on racial equity to facilitate the acquisition of new customers and identify solutions to close the racial wealth gap. Under his leadership, the organization grew and developed partnerships with notable groups, including the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs [the Alliance], the Black Community Developers Group, and made significant progress in business growth within the Black owned/led business segments. 

Notably Lance brings government relations and inclusion experience.  Lance served 4 years with the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department; leading cultural engagement for 79 neighborhoods. Lance also led inclusion for those living with disabilities through activating policies within the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and elevating the voice of residents that had been historically silenced.
Lance’s talent for challenging a prevailing view without provoking cynicism, changing course if his chosen path proves incorrect, and his ability to lead with inquiry, as well as advocacy, makes him a highly valued resource. Lance is near completion of his Executive Master of Business Administration from Washington University and has a Bachelor of Arts in American Entrepreneurial Policies & Practices from Metropolitan State University.

About St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC)

St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) is an umbrella, not-for-profit corporation organized under Chapter 355 of the Missouri State Statutes with the mission of fostering economic development and growth in the City of St. Louis by stimulating the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City.  The mission of the SLDC is to stimulate the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City of St. Louis. 
About St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC)
St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) is an umbrella, not-for-profit corporation organized under Chapter 355 of the Missouri State Statutes with the mission of fostering economic development and growth in the City of St. Louis by stimulating the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City.  The mission of the SLDC is to stimulate the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City of St. Louis. 

 

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