Tim Lampkin is the CEO of Higher Purpose Co. a nonprofit social impact agency based in Clarksdale, MS building community wealth in the Northwest Region of the Mississippi Delta by focusing on small business development, strategic real estate investing, and social enterprise initiatives. Lampkin also currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator at the Mississippi Humanities Council. He primarily oversees the Racial Equity Fund supported by a $250,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to work with organizations across Mississippi to fostering dialogue about race in their community.
Tim co-founded Capway with Mississippi native Sheena Allen. This fintech company provides financial services to unbanked and underbanked populations. He is also the creator and producer of the Dynamic Delta Leaders project in conjunction with the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and the Center for Rural Strategies.
He previously worked as a Community Development Officer for Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SCBP), a Community Development Financial Institution. Lampkin helped secure a million dollars for various community projects in Coahoma County within two years. Prior to his role at SBCP, he worked as a consultant with the DEBTS Program funded by the USDA at Delta State University. He provided technical assistance to entrepreneurs and nonprofits in four counties in the Mississippi Delta.
Lampkin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University, a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Delta State University, and a Masters of Science in Organizational Performance from Bellevue University. He completed Executive Education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is finishing his Doctorate of Education from the University of Arkansas.
Some of his affiliations include the Social Enterprise Alliance, Community Development Society, Delta Leadership Insitute, Mississippi Public Health Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Christian Community Development Association, Placemaking Leadership Council, Next Generation National Advisory Board, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Community Development Advisory Council. He was invited by the Obama Administration to share his knowledge with national stakeholders at two White House Rural Council meetings. Tim was included on the 2016 32 under 32 list by Magic Johnson’s Playbook, and has been featured by the Daily Yonder, Dakota Fire, and the Huffington Post.