Lafayette Square Foundation Appoints Susannah Vickers as Executive Director

Lafayette Square Appoints John Klim as Head of Mid-Atlantic Origination

New York, March 23, 2021 – Lafayette Square, an impact-driven, minority-owned investment platform, announced today that John Klim has been appointed as Head of Mid-Atlantic Origination. Based in Richmond, VA, and with two decades of financial services experience in the region, Mr. Klim's efforts will help Lafayette Square invest in businesses supporting economic growth and promoting job creation. 

“I know John's experience and regional expertise will prove to be invaluable as we endeavor to make a substantial difference in the growth of communities," said Damien Dwin, Founder & CEO of Lafayette Square. "Providing capital to historically underserved groups is fundamental to making a lasting impact, and in turn, to Lafayette Square's investment philosophy. I am confident John will help us continue to work towards making that philosophy a tangible reality within the Mid-Atlantic." 

"Damien has built an incredible team, and I'm thrilled to join Lafayette's efforts to develop true partnerships on a local level to confront critical societal challenges," said Mr. Klim. “For us to create real change, it is essential to deploy capital into communities that need it, and exciting to be part of a group that views this as a top priority. I am looking forward to meeting with business leaders to discuss how Lafayette Square can best meet their needs and contribute to their growth." 

Before joining Lafayette Square, Mr. Klim served as Vice President of Capital Markets & Corporate Development for West Creek Financial, a technology-enabled specialty finance business. Before his time at West Creek, Mr. Klim spent over a decade as a mergers and acquisitions banker, primarily with Harris Williams & Co. During his time at Harris Williams & Co, he represented business owners in approximately 30 sell-side transactions, totaling approximately $5 billion of enterprise value. John has also worked as a sell-side equity analyst at Credit Suisse and in Truist's middle-market banking group. 

Mr. Klim holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. 

About Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square Holding Company, LLC (“Lafayette Square” or the “Firm”) is an impact-driven, minority-owned investment platform. Founded by Damien Dwin in 2020, the Firm confronts critical societal challenges with capital and services in three core areas: housing, jobs, and financial inclusion. For more information about Lafayette Square, please visit

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Dukas Linden Public Relations

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