Andrew Carr is a results-driven businessman, motivational speaker, leader, strategist, change manager, relationship manager, micro blogger, internet radio show producer and host and public policy analyst. Mr. Carr is currently the Executive Director of the Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, a non-profit organization founded by civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. The Wall Street Project works with Fortune 500 corporations to level the economic playing field and create forums where small minority and women-owned businesses can compete. In this capacity, Mr. Carr facilitated the participation of several minority investment bankers on two of the largest IPOs in U.S. history, Visa ($19.6 billion) and the Blackstone Group ($4.75 billion). Previously, Mr. Carr worked for JPMorgan Chase as a Small Business Relationship Manager, where he served as advisor to a portfolio of 400 small businesses and managed a $16 million portfolio of business deposits, credits and investments. In addition, he provided consulting services to businesses and financial service organizations as founder and CEO of the A.L. Carr Group. His clients included M.R. Beal & Company, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Wall Street Conferences Inc.
Mr. Carr has marketed, negotiated and structured over $13 billion of tax-exempt and taxable securities for state and local agencies and electric utilities, including financial advisory services for over $2.3 billion of international bond deals. He has held executive positions at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. and at UBS/PaineWebber Inc., and in the public sector has worked with the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and City Water, Light and Power in Springfield, IL.
He is immediate past international president of the Urban Financial Services Coalition (formerly Urban Bankers), a national association of diverse professionals in the financial services industry, and immediate past president of the organization’s New York Chapter. He currently serves on the membership committee of the Financial Women’s Association, a professional association of women in the financial services industry. Mr. Carr is a past board member of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals, a member of the National Black MBA Association, and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. A frequently requested speaker, he has spoken at numerous, professional and community events including Goldman Sachs’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking, the American Management Association’s Youth Programs, Citigroup’s African-American Heritage Network, Minority Interchange, New York, 6th District Congressman Gregory W. Meeks’ Opportunities for Blacks on Wall Street session held during the annual Congressional Black Caucus and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Urban Financial Services Coalition. He has taught courses on accounting and economics at Lincoln Land Community College and small business planning and development at Medgar Evers College and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.
Mr. Carr has received numerous awards in his distinguished career. He has received the Distinguished Partnership Award from The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; the Pyramid Award in Leadership from the African Heritage Parade Committee, Inc., the Dr. Charles R. Drew Community Service Award from The American Red Cross, Civic Community Award from NV Magazine and the Better Business Award from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Carr is a graduate of Western Illinois University. He holds a MA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. He also, is a Registered Securities Representative.