Paul Benoit

Paul Benoit has been a Director for Craft3 since 2003 and became Chair in 2016. He is also a member of the Executive and Audit Committees. Paul brings expertise in management, human resources, and fund, economic and community development to the board and committees.

Paul recently retired from his role as City Manager for the City of Piedmont, California. Previously, he served 10 years as City Manager for Astoria, Oregon, Assistant City Manager and Development Director in Alameda, California, and as Community Development Director in Astoria for 17 years. Paul received his BS from the University of Rhode Island in Natural Resources and his Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in Coastal Zone Management and Public Administration.

Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing loans that strengthen businesses, families and the environment throughout Oregon and Washington. With capital support from financial, philanthropic and religious institutions and corporations, government agencies and accredited individual investors, Craft3 has invested more than $400 million in Northwest communities since 1994.