School of Public and International Affairs
director, M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship program
Ph.D., M.B.A., B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Al Gourrier was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, educated at Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Al holds a B.A. in Finance, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), is a graduate from ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University, and holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. Al started a banking career in 1993. In November of 2005, Al began the organization of a new State-Chartered FDIC Institution (De novo), 1st Commerce Bank, which he opened in October 2006. After a successful 19-year career, Al Gourrier left banking in January of 2012 to pursue a career in academia and joined the faculty of The University of Baltimore in January of 2016.
Prof. Gourrier's scholarship in academia focuses on community banking and finance, social equity, and community development through financial and economic representation by exploring decisions and structures impacting the economic health, development, entrepreneurship, and well-being of urban communities. Locally he serves as a board member on the University of Maryland Medical Center's Community Advisory Council and the Upton Community Development Corporation. He is a member of the Urban Affairs Association, American Society for Public Administration, Urban Financial Services Coalitions, and in February of 2021 received designation as a Fulbright Specialist Program Scholar.