Chris Linder

Chris Linder2.jpgChris Linder, Chief Executive Officer, has over 20 years of leadership, operational, and consulting experience in community development finance, microfinance, and commercial banking. Before MaineStream, he was Associate Vice President for the Financial Services Practice at International Executive Service Corps (, based in Washington, DC, where he led IESC’s financial services practice on small business banking, agriculture finance, and microfinance throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Prior to joining IESC, Chris specialized in providing direct technical assistance to financial institutions and strategic advice to industry associations, particularly on social performance, youth enterprise development, and product development in Africa and Asia. For MicroSave-Asia/India, he led a team of professionals who assisted microfinance institutions (MFIs) and banks in new product development, including savings and mobile banking solutions. Previously, Chris served in various team and leadership roles in commercial banking and consulting in securing financing for healthcare institutions and other non-profits in the Northeast United States – primarily based out of Boston. Chris holds a BA in business administration and economics from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN and an MBA from Babson College – Olin School of Business, Wellesley, MA. Chris is originally from rural Arkansas and is excited to be assisting Mainers, particularly from rural areas, expand their businesses and increase home ownership.