Los Angeles, CA 90017
Prior to joining Enterprise, Jimar was CRA officer at American Business Bank where he was responsible for managing the Bank’s enterprise-wide Community Reinvestment Act program benefitting low- and moderate-income individuals and households in Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Jimar has held regional community development manager positions at Boston Private, covering Greater Los Angeles, and Northern Trust, covering the bank’s Arizona, California and Colorado markets.
Jimar also worked at West Angeles Community Development Corporation (CDC), a leading South Los Angeles-based nonprofit affordable housing developer, as real estate project manager and housing director, overseeing the CDC’s housing development, asset management and financial literacy programs. He began his career in community and economic development as a city planner for the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan, staffing the city’s Historic District Commission that provided oversight for the second largest historic district in the state.
Jimar is an adjunct assistant professor in Community & Economic Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Crenshaw Family YMCA, Ebony Repertory Theatre and A Step to Freedom. Previous board and advisory appointments include Holman Community Development Corporation, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, The Fringe at Center Theatre Group (now The Crew), John M. Langston Bar Association, Summit Preparatory Charter School and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
Jimar is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which included travel to several European cities with other opinion leaders to help foster greater transatlantic relations. He also received the Our Authors Study Club Living Legends Award in 2012, with recognition in 2015 by the LA NAACP Youth Council for outstanding community service.
Jimar holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow) and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a graduate of the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California.