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Charlene "Charly" van Dijk

Senior Adviser

Areas of Expertise: Community development finance, place-based initiatives, capacity building, small business and microfinance, Community Reinvestment Act implementation
  • Biography

    Charlene "Charly" van Dijk is a senior adviser on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Community and Economic Development (CED) team. Her focus is on community development finance, place-based initiatives, capacity building, small business and microfinance, and Community Reinvestment Act implementation. Previously, while working at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, she collaborated with Reserve Banks to strengthen their community development strategies, research, and programs across the country, and she supported the Board’s participation in the Central Bank Network for Indigenous Inclusion and the Financial Stability Board. Before that, van Dijk held positions at the US Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; A2F Consulting, an international microfinance consulting firm; and the Latino Economic Development Center, a Washington, DC–based community loan fund and CDFI. She has a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master's degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and an MBA from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in Spanish and studied at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile; and the Universidad de San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Publications


    Charlene van Dijk and Mary Hirt. "Modernizing Community Reinvestment Act Rules." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (July 11, 2022).

    Charlene van Dijk. "Initiative Focuses on Economic Inclusion." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (May 26, 2022).

    Anna Alvarez Boyd, and Charlene van Dijk. "An Overview of Community Development Financial Institutions." Consumer Compliance Outlook (first issue 2022).

    Barbara Lipman, P.J. Tabit, and Charlene van Dijk. "Access to Financial Services Matters to Small Businesses." Consumer & Community Context (November 2019).


    Katherine Arnold, Megan Cruz, and Charlene van Dijk. Speech by Governor Lael Brainard, “Financial Inclusion and Economic Challenges in the Shadow of the Pandemic: A Conversation with Tribal Leaders.” Federal Reserve Board at Governors. At Fed Listens: Roundtable with Oklahoma Tribal Leaders, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (October 13, 2021).

    Charlene van Dijk. Remarks by Governor Lael Brainard, "Celebrating Excellence in Community Development." At the Inaugural Janet L. Yellen Award for Excellence in Community Development, Washington, DC (December 3, 2018).

    Special Publications

    Charlene Devon van Dijk. Expropriating the Jíbaro: Community Education in Puerto Rico 1946–1955. (2007).