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Barry Wides

Deputy Comptroller Community Affairs
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Barry Wides is the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs, where he leads a department of community development professionals located in Washington, D.C., and the OCC districts.

The Community Affairs staff is responsible for outreach to banks and their community partners, the development of policy, and the creation and distribution of educational materials on community development issues.

Prior to joining the OCC in 1999, Mr. Wides was Director of Affordable Housing Sales at Freddie Mac, where he led a nationwide sales team responsible for developing products and strategies to achieve the company’s congressionally mandated affordable housing goals. He previously served as Deputy Director of the Resolution Trust Corporation’s Affordable Housing Program. Mr. Wides began his career in Washington, D.C. as a Presidential Management Intern and Budget Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Wides is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor of science in accounting and an MBA from Indiana University.

  • Capital Bank
  • City of Durham EWD
  • NC Housing Coalition
  • NC Housing Finance Agency
  • Triangle Community Foundation
  • United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • UNC - Chapel Hill
  • Wells Fargo
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
    Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Equal Housing Opportunity
  • BB&T
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
  • The Burt's Bees Foundation
    The Burt's Bees Foundation