Michelle Mapp, CEO of the S.C. Community Loan Fund, a statewide community development agency, will step down from her post at the end of the year after more than 13 years with the organization, including seven years at the helm.
Mapp plans to pursue a law degree and focus on public-interest law, according to a news release from the organization.
Mapp, who formerly worked as a high school math teacher and a transportation planning consultant to Fortune 500 companies, joined the S.C. Community Loan Fund as an intern in 2005.
Mapp became CEO in 2011. Under her leadership, the loan fund grew from a Charleston-based affordable housing startup with $3 million in assets and $1 million in outstanding loans to a statewide community development financial institution with $31 million in assets and $21 million in outstanding loans, the release said.
The nonprofit works to provide loans and assistance for affordable housing, healthy food retail spaces, community facilities and community business enterprises. Since 2004, the fund has provided 327 loans totaling more than $45 million, resulting in more than $326 million in community development projects in South Carolina, the news release said.
“I could not be more proud of how far the organization has come, the projects we have been involved in, and the impact we have had on real people’s lives throughout the state,” Mapp said in the release. “And now, I am looking forward to furthering my education and continuing to be an advocate for the issues I care about in South Carolina.”
The board has approved COO Anna Lewin to become CEO when Mapp leaves. Lewin has been with the organization since 2013.
Lewin has 15 years of nonprofit experience, including her time with the Lowcountry Food Bank, where she oversaw feeding programs, agency relations, nutrition education and the community kitchen. She also has a background in affordable housing development and rehabilitation programs. She served as executive director of Operation Home from 2008 to 2011.
Lewin and Mapp will work together through the end of the year as part of the leadership transition.
“Part of Michelle’s legacy is that she has grown the staff to a place where they are ready for this transition. ... Losing a leader of Michelle’s quality is never easy, but we have a strong board and staff in place ready to support Anna and have full confidence that she will succeed in this new role,” board Chairman Jim Haley said in the release.