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Daniel Wallace

Chief Investment Officer

About Daniel

Daniel Wallace is the Chief Investment Officer at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a Maine-based community development financial institution with a mission to build just, vibrant and climate-resilient futures for people and communities in Maine and rural regions by integrating finance, business expertise and policy solutions in ways that make the economy work more equitably. Daniel serves on the Steering Committee for Opportunity Appalachia and as a member of the NeighborWorks Capital Focus Group.

As CEI’s Chief Investment Officer, Daniel leads a team of 12 deploying capital to Maine’s small business community and oversees the management of CEI’s loan and investment portfolio, which has grown to a record $65MM under his leadership. Daniel spearheaded the creation of several new financing products designed to expand access to capital for low-income communities and build wealth for entrepreneurs underserved by traditional financial institutions. Daniel supports capital formation, is a member of CEI’s Senior Leadership Team and is the 2023 Maine Small Business Administration’s Financial Services Champion.

Daniel also serves as Chief Executive Officer of subsidiary company 30 Federal Street Investments, LLC., which delivers state historic tax credits as equity investments to help rehabilitate historic properties, revitalize downtowns and create affordable housing.

Daniel began his career at CEI in 2012 in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program, bringing with him experience managing and owning retail food businesses, building green homes and running a nonprofit arts organization. Once a professional baker, Daniel is always on the lookout for an excellent loaf of artisan bread.


  • Williams College, B.A. in History
  • Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, M.A in Community Planning and Development
Get To Know Daniel
What is your favorite candy or snack food?

Peanut M&Ms or Reese’s mini peanut butter cups, frozen.

What is something you dislike, but wish you loved?


What book, film, tv show or album do you return to again and again?

Truthfully, galactic epics like Star Wars or Avengers. But also bloody epics like Gladiator or Braveheart (my ancestor!). But also Shawshank Redemption or Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead. Or…I did run a movie theater once upon a time and enjoy lots of movies!

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