Craig Williams

Board Member

Craig Williams is a retired banker with 40 years’ experience in a variety of positions that include credit risk analysis, regulatory compliance, commercial lending, relationship management and corporate/community affairs.

Prior to retirement in 2015, Williams was a regional Vice President Community Reinvestment Officer and Foundation Manager for Santander’s Mid-Atlantic Region (N.J., Pa., Md. and Del.) where he managed compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), outreach, special community initiatives, sponsorships and charitable giving. Before assuming responsibility for CRA in the region, Williams was the Fair Lending Compliance Manager for the bank with responsibility for monitoring compliance with consumer lending laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Santander in 2002, Williams was Vice President for Community Development at First Union, where he facilitated loans, grants, investments and other special community development activities in low- and moderate-income communities. During his broad career in banking, Williams was an Associate National Bank Examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency, where he examined banks in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, Oklahoma and Tokyo, Japan. At First Pennsylvania Bank, Craig was a Relationship Manager specializing in lending and cash management services for the insurance industry in Pennsylvania and New England and as a Loan Review Officer monitoring risk in the Virgin Islands and international loan portfolios.

Active in the community, he is also a board member of the Octavia Hill Association – a Quaker-based affordable rental housing provider. Williams previously served on the boards of the Green Tree School – helping students with developmental disorders and autism, The Ivy Legacy Foundation – providing scholarships to deserving youth, and an advisory board member for the Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation – a national community development financial institution. A former mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) Williams was the recipient of the Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush, for outstanding service and commitment to BBBS. He also received the Humanitarian Award from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.-Philadelphia alumni chapter for his ongoing commitment to serving the broader community. Previously, Williams was the Chairman and Treasurer of the Redeemer Renaissance Community Development Corporation and volunteered his time and talent with a variety of local nonprofit organizations. A native of the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Craig resides in Cheltenham, Pa., with his wife Deborah. He is a product of the Philadelphia school system and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cheyney State University.