Creighton Blackwell

Chief Community & Public Affairs Officer, Coastal Credit Union


Creighton P. Blackwell is an accomplished financial professional and a financial education and community advocate for over 20 years on a local and national level. He currently serves as the Coastal Credit Union Chief Community and Public Affairs Officer, after successfully holding the positions of Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Community Engagement and Vice President of Retail Sales and Service. He has held upper level management positions at RBC Bank such as U.S. director of sales communications, community development specialist, manager of business banking strategy for North America, Chapel Hill market executive and banking center manager of 9 different locations.

Creighton has extensive community service experience serving on non- profit boards such as Triangle Family Services, Orange County Partnership for Young Children, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, NC Jumpstart, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Business advisory Council of Durham Public Schools, the Foundation for a Sustainable Community, Wake Technical College Foundation, the Kenan Education Institute, the Caring Community Foundation, the Triangle Martin Luther King Leadership Committee, Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA. He also is a graduate of the Leadership North Carolina Leadership program where he chaired the Education session and currently serves as the Founder and former Chairperson for the Morrisville Innovation Foundation’s Executive board as well as the North Carolina Council on Economic Education. 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, he has been selected as a winner of the Triangle Business Journal’s inaugural Corporate Philanthropy Awards for his outstanding community and philanthropic work as well as various awards and recognition based on his contributions as a leader in his community, state, nationally and globally. He is a huge supporter of the Triple Bottom line of Community Sustainability and enjoys spending time presenting various professional and motivating topics at public events as well as with his wife and 3 young kids.