Alan Watkins serves as the Senior Community Development Consultant for the Greater Houston Region for Wells Fargo Bank. In his role, Watkins is responsible for managing the company’s reputation and its activities related to the Community Reinvestment Act in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Community Reinvestment Act requires Wells Fargo and other banks to demonstrate that the bank is effectively working to meet the credit needs of its entire community, including low- and moderate-income families and neighborhoods, primarily focusing on housing affordability, financial stability, and small business growth.
Prior to joining the bank, Watkins worked at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, TX in their community development department where he served as the Executive Director of 2 of its 5 nonprofit organizations. Wheeler Avenue Triangle Ministries is a 501(c)(3) responsible for acquiring and managing all non church-related residential and commercial property, and Wheeler Avenue 5Cs is a 501(c)(3) responsible for building the community outreach and social service programs including its homeless transitional housing for women, job development for ex-offenders and prenatal education for African-American women.
Watkins has an undying passion and commitment for serving and uplifting underserved communities. He has a wealth of experience including 6 years as a Financial Advisor on Wall Street and over 17 years in the faith-based and community-based nonprofits in Baltimore, New York City and Houston.
Watkins has a Master of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY, where he did his thesis work on faith-based community development. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He is an ordained minister at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, the immediate past Board Chair for the Coalition for the Homeless of Greater Houston (2016-18, and 2018-2020), a board member of the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, The Credit Coalition, and other civic organizations.