Portrait of Kyle Walton, a young Black man

Kyle Walton

President, Classic Lake Consulting and Investments

Kyle Walton has over 10 years of experience in community and economic development finance. As president of Classic Lake Consulting and Investments, Kyle works with business and nonprofit clients to identify and secure public and private, market and below-market financing solutions. Kyle founded the firm with the mission to serve organizations that generate positive community, economic, and environmental impacts for the community. Clients include real estate developers, Community Development Entities (CDE), and operating businesses located in and serving low-income communities.

Prior to founding Classic Lake Consulting and Investments, Kyle served as a vice president within JPMorgan Chase’s Community Development Banking group, charged with originating New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) equity investments throughout the southwest US. Kyle closed over $250 million in Qualified Equity Investments (QEI) with business and nonprofit clients for the financing of retail, office, and mixed-use development, hospitals, grocery stores, community centers, charter schools, community college facilities, early childhood education centers, senior assisted living facilities, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

Kyle cut his teeth in economic development as a vice president with Strategic Development Solutions, a boutique private equity fund development and management firm. Kyle managed the investment of over $165 million in below-market financing for the firm. He also launched the firm’s alternative finance consulting practice, working with developers and businesses to identify and access nontraditional sources of capital for real estate development and business expansion projects throughout the US.

Kyle serves on the advisory board of De Novo Healthcare Inc., a Compton based community clinic, has served as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and provides workforce and affordable housing opportunities to low-income families. Kyle received his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College.