Gary Hattem

Gary Hattem is an independent advisor to non-profit organizations, foundations, social enterprises and corporations.  He supports projects and organizations in the fields of community development, impact investing/social finance, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropy in the United States and internationally.


A professionally trained city planner, early in his career he served as the founding executive director of the St. Nicholas Alliance, a first-generation community development corporation (CDC). Moving to the private sector, in 1990 Gary established the Community Development Finance Group at Bankers Trust Company (BT) and set about building a portfolio of loans investments to advance neighborhood revitalization efforts in New York City and across the United States. The success of this work resulted in the creation of the Global Social Finance Group at BT’s successor Deutsche Bank.


Mr. Hattem served as president of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation designing and managing its philanthropic strategy in the fields of education, the arts, and community development within the United States and Latin America, and chaired the bank’s Americas Fine Arts responsible for acquisitions for the region’s contemporary arts collection. Gary’s civic commitments include his role as a Trustee, and vice chairman, of Pratt Institute, and serving as a director for SpaceWorks, DB Microcredit Development Fund, the Carbon Initiative for Community Impact, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Partnership and Foundation Vivianne Gauthier, based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  He is chairman of Grillo, a technology driven social enterprise, based in Mexico City, that is growing a business to provide early warnings for earthquakes in high risk communities.


Mr. Hattem graduated from Purchase College with a B.S in Urban Studies and received a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute.  In 2009 he was selected as an American Council on Germany McCloy Environmental Fellow.