Blake J. Stanfill is the Director of Growth at trepwise, where he guides the firm’s business development and expansion strategy. Blake leverages data to identify and pursue growth opportunities and partnerships for trepwise. Blake has broad experience at the intersection of the public and private sector—boasting a career in economic development, education and financial risk management, as well as entrepreneurial strategy and analysis. Drawing from his varied perspective, Blake is dedicated to helping trepwise clients think outside-the-box and craft custom solutions for the problems businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies face.
Prior to trepwise, Blake co-founded an alternative lending start-up, LendStand, which provides working capital solutions to underserved businesses working on public contracts. Before that, he worked in education management at the Louisiana Department of Education and the Orleans Parish School Board. He was also a Mayoral Fellow with the City of New Orleans, where he played an integral role in the formation of the City’s public-private economic development partnership, the New Orleans Business Alliance. Additionally, Blake spent time in the private sector as a credit-risk analyst at Bank of America. Blake began his professional career as a teacher and administrator at St. Augustine High School, a historic New Orleans high school.
Blake is a fifth generation New Orleanian—born and raised in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood of his favorite city in the world. As such, he is deeply committed to helping New Orleans—and all of its citizens—reach its full potential. Blake serves on the boards of the New Orleans Bioinnovation District (Vice Chairman), the Bureau of Governmental Research (Member), Network Volunteers (Member), and Brothers Empowered to Teach (Treasurer). In addition to guest speaking and mentoring students at local high schools, Blake coaches youth baseball & basketball with the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission. Blake was a 2016 New Leaders Council of Louisiana fellow, a founding cohort member of the New Orleans Black Male Achievement Network, a member of the 2018 cohort of the Youth Empowerment Project’s 40 Under 40, and has been awarded a New Orleans City Business Money Maker in the last three consecutive years (2018, 2019, 2020).
Blake earned his B.A. from Duke University, a Master of Finance from Tulane University, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Blake resides in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood with his wife and three sons.