Director of Growth / Trepwise
Blake J. Stanfill is the Director of Growth at trepwise, where he guides the firm’s business development and expansion strategy. Blake leverages data to identify and pursue growth opportunities and partnerships for trepwise. Blake has broad experience at the intersection of the public and private sector—boasting a career in economic development, education and financial risk management, as well as entrepreneurial strategy and analysis. Drawing from his varied perspective, Blake is dedicated to helping trepwise clients think outside-the-box and craft custom solutions for the problems businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies face.
In addition to his work at trepwise, Blake is a lead mentor for PowerMoves NOLA—an accelerator program that provides business coaching and technical assistance to black-owned small businesses in New Orleans. Prior to trepwise, Blake co-founded an alternative lending start-up, LendStand, which provides working capital solutions to underserved businesses working on public contracts. He was also a Mayoral Fellow with the City of New Orleans, where he played an integral role in the formation of the City’s public-private economic development partnership, the New Orleans Business Alliance. Additionally, Blake spent time in the private sector as a credit-risk analyst at Bank of America. Blake began his professional career as a teacher and administrator at St. Augustine High School, a historic New Orleans high school.