Creighton Blackwell

Job Title(s)
Chief Community & Public Affairs Officer, Coastal Credit Union

About Creighton

Creighton P. Blackwell is an accomplished, award-winning and dynamic executive and community advocate, with over 25 years of experience on a local as well as national level. He currently serves as the Chief Community & Public Affairs Officer (CCIO) at Coastal Credit Union after successfully holding the position of Vice President of Retail Banking as well as Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Community Engagement. He has also held upper level management and leadership positions at RBC Bank such as U.S. Director of Sales Communications and Marketing, Community Development Specialist, Creator and Managing Director of Business Banking Strategy and the Sales Solutions Center (inside sales and coaching consulting firm) for North America and City Market Executive.

Creighton also has extensive community service experience serving on non-profit executive boards. He currently serves as the Executive Board Chairperson for the North Carolina Council on Economic Education, The Greater Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership for a Sustainable Community Foundation (also serves as the immediate past Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors) and the Founding Chairperson for the Morrisville Innovation Foundation. He also currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors of Carolina For the Kids Foundation, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, NC Jumpstart, Wake Technical College Creighton P. Foundation, Wake Medical Foundation, the Kenan Fellows Advisory Education Board, the NC Business Committee for Education at of the Governor’s office and the Triangle Martin Luther King Leadership Committee. Creighton has also been appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the North Carolina Museum Advisory Commission.  His recent past Executive Board service at Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA has led to award winning and impactful programs that still thrive today.

Creighton also is a graduate of the Leadership North Carolina program where he chaired the Education session as well as a designated Certified Innovation Executive by his completion of this Executive program at Stanford Business School. Creighton is a former member of the State and Legislative Committee of the Durham Chamber of Commerce and is recognized as a contributor and partner with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction concerning financial education. He also was the founder of the Business and Education Partnership in Chapel Hill and the University Banking initiative which mobilized bankers to present financial literacy topics throughout the Triangle. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill as well as the North Carolina School of Banking.

Most recently, Creighton was selected as a winner of the North Carolina’s Sustainable Energy Association’s Community Impact Award, The Triangle Business Journal’s inaugural Corporate Philanthropy Awards for his outstanding community and philanthropic work, one of Cary Magazines’ Movers and Shakers, ESPN\99.9 The Fan’s Sport Shop Radio Show as a Salute to Heroes Honoree, alongside various other awards and recognition based on his contributions as an executive leader in his community, state, nationally and globally. He also contributes leadership with other committees such as Financial Health Network, North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction, and the Regional Transportation Alliance. He is a huge supporter of the Triple Bottom line of Community Sustainability and is recognized as an accomplished professional public speaker, emcee, and podcast speaker presenting various professional, educational and motivating topics at various national, regional, and local events. Creighton also enjoys coaching sports and spending time with his wife and three young kids.