Robert Lattimore is currently Executive Vice President, Diverse Markets at Main Street Launch a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Oakland, California. He leads the African American Entrepreneurial Institute an initiative of Main Street Launch. Robert directs capital deployment, business programs and research. He joined Main Street Launch as a Senior Vice President in 2015 to advance his interest and passion for financing and developing African American Businesses in the Bay Area. Prior to his current assignment, he served from 2008 through 2015 as Chief Operating Officer of both AnewAmerica Community Corporation and AnewAmerica CDFI. He managed micro enterprise business programs and successfully operationalized AnewAmerica CDFI as a certified U.S. Treasury Department, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
Prior to joining AnewAmerica, he co-founded BMSI, a firm specializing in semiconductor clean room operations. He successfully structured the business for acquisition in 2008. From 2000 – 2007 he was President of Contra Costa Software Business Incubator (CCSBI), a technology accelerator specializing in telecommunications, software, medical device and environmental technologies. At CCSBI, his role included securing angel and venture capital financing for African American entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley based venture capital firms.
Prior to CCSBI, he served as Director of Business Development for the Bay Area Regional Technology Alliance (BARTA). His work focused on providing investment and accelerating technologies to market. He successfully worked with UC Berkeley Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and technology company founders to execute technology transfer and business development strategies. Robert has served on the advisory board for the National Institute of Standards (NIST), and participated as an advisory member of the U.S. Security Exchange Commission “Small Business Capital Formation Group”.