Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer
David Sharp serves as the Urban Advisors (UA) Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Managing Partner. David has served as an impact investment officer and consultant in the field since 2001. David is actively involved in the design, structure, and due-diligence of the Firm’s client focused innovative impact investment strategies, portfolios and transactions.
From a client perspective, David is an advisor to a number of the most innovative impact investors in the field on Program Related Investments (PRI) and Mission Related Investments (MRI) strategies. Also, david leads the firm’s engagements in distressed impact investment portfolios and transactions.
Prior to founding Urban Advisors, david served as Wells Fargo’s Community Development Investment Manager. In this capacity, he was responsible for the deployment of approximately $25 million per year in Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) qualifying transactions, which included senior debt, mezzanine and equity financings.
During his tenure, david built a portfolio in excess of $100 million in CRA qualifying investments consisting of private equity, real estate, fixed income, structured products, and loan funds that overall achieved market rate returns.
David also served as a Vice President in Wells Fargo’s leveraged finance investment banking group, in which he facilitated the debt financing of private equity transactions. Previously he served as a Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) financial analyst for Bank of America.
Prior to banking, david served as an Intelligence Officer in The United States Navy. In addition to leading Urban Advisors, david provides financial counseling within the Charlotte, NC community in the form of financial literacy and wealth creation programs. David currently serves on the board of Investors Circle, a national early-stage impact investment network.
Director of Impact & Innovation
Michael Boulware serves as the Urban Advisors Director of Impact and Innovation. Mike designs and develops social impact models for Urban Advisors engagements and has conducted multiple social impact evaluations for large socially- oriented funders on broad impact investment initiatives.
Mike has served in a variety of direct social service roles over last 8 years ranging from mental health counseling, case management, homeless services outreach, advocacy, and psychotherapy.
He has worked extensively on quality of life, and economic self-sufficiency with target populations including people of color, military veterans, elders, at risk males, youth, and individuals in recovery from severe mental illness and/or substance abuse.
Mike designs and develops social impact assessments for Urban Advisors engagements. As Director of Impact and Innovation, mike has facilitated the development of Urban Advisors unique system for assessing and tracking impact and community benefits agreements.
He has conducted multiple social impact assessments for large socially- oriented funders on transactions ranging from renewable energy to business incubators.
John Gethers serves as an Urban Advisors Program Officer. John focuses on the Firm’s social enterprise, renewable energy and workforce development initiatives. In addition, john focuses on the Firm’s social media and client marketing efforts.
John is a serial entrepreneur that has experience in real estate, green energy, and technology.
John started a real estate land trust business that helped bridge the gap between home owners with unwanted property and people seeking to purchase homes with less than perfect credit. John also started an alkaline water company that sold cost effective alkaline water products internationally. In addition, John formed a tire recycling business to leverage strong local Carolina based tire manufacturing industry.
John received his BA from Claflin University. Also, He is a certified project management professional and designs organizational processes that improve company performance.
Senemeht Olatunji, MSW
Senemeht Olatunji serves as Urban Advisors program officer focused on social services, online communications and content development.
Senemeht previously worked in the social service field in a variety of settings including work with homeless women and families, and domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, providing group and individual therapeutic and psycho-education interventions.
Also, Senemeht worked in a housing program designed to provide clinical case management and wrap- around services to homeless families in permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, interim housing, and transitional housing.
Senemeht served in both a case management and advocacy role, advocating for fair and affordable housing for low- income individuals. In addition, Senemeht spent 6 years as an English Language Arts teacher and Instructional Coach.
Senemeht holds a Master of Social Work from Howard University and Bachelor of Arts in English from Marymount Manhattan College, and is a licensed Social Worker.
Landon Williams, MPP
Strategic Advisor & Senior Program Officer
Landon Williams serves as an Urban Advisors’ Strategic and Program officer. Mr. Williams has more than 35 years experience implementing, managing, evaluating, and providing technical assistance to community revitalization, economic development, and small business programs, organizations, and projects.
Previously, landon served as Director of Housing and Small Business Development for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (recently rebranded The Foundation for Louisiana).
The Foundation was formed in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina with the charge to help rebuild Louisiana with a social justice orientation.
Landon also served as a Program Officer with the San Francisco Foundation. Also, Mr. Williams served as an Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Berkeley, California where he managed the city’s EDA Revolving Loan Fund and its revitalization work in South Berkeley, the city’s principal low-income neighborhood.
Landon holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also earned his master’s degree in public policy from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School for Public Policy. Mr. Williams holds a lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in economics, public services and administration.