LEADERSHIP

Our dynamic team of leaders is dedicated to the mission of HOPE.

HOPE GLOBAL SPOKESMAN

“The work of Operation HOPE is continuing the work of the civil rights movement. Dr. King and a whole host of others succeeded in integrating the lunch counter but we failed to integrate the dollar.”

Andrew Young is co-founding Principal and Chairman at GoodWorks International. His work includes facilitating the formation of successful business partnerships, putting corporate executives in contact with leaders and influencers in emerging markets. He also offers strategic advice to corporations and advises several governments on sound policy-making.

Ambassador Young’s life-long mission of energizing the private sector to advance economic development was honed during comprehensive leadership experience in the public sector and private industry. His diverse background provides clients with a uniquely qualified advisor with a global perspective on business expansion. Ambassador Young has served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Co-Chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Centennial Olympic Games. He served two terms as Mayor of Atlanta, one of the fastest growing cities in the world. He was elected Congressman three times and is a leading figure in the civil rights movement. Ambassador Young currently serves on the board of several Fortune 500 companies and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to Chair the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund. He is on the National Security Council Advisory Board and remains active in numerous charitable activities and organizations. Ambassador Young has received many awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor, the Bishop Walker Humanitarian Award, and over 60 honorary degrees from prestigious universities around the world.

HOPE BOARDS

GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Operation HOPE, Inc.

Bryan Jordan

Lead Director / Vice Chair

Chairman, President & CEO

First Horizon National Corporation

Michael Arougheti

Director, Co-Founder, CEO & President

Ares Capital Corporation

Lisa Borders

Chief Executive Officer

LMB Group, LLC

Brad Hanson

Audit & Finance Committee Chair

President & CEO

Meta Financial Group, MetaBank & Meta Payment Systems

Frank Martell

President & CEO

CoreLogic

Steve Ryan

Executive Compensation and Benefits Chair

Counsel

McDermott, Will & Emory

Jeff Schmid

Nominating and Governance Chair

President and CEO

Affiliated Bank

Tim Wennes

President and CEO

Santander Bank, N.A.

Jed York

Chief Executive Officer

San Francisco 49ers

GLOBAL BOARD OF ADVISORS

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Operation HOPE, Inc.

Ellen Alemany

Chairman, President & CEO

CIT Group

Ed Bastian

Chief Executive Officer

Delta Air Lines

Janice Bryant Howroyd

CEO & Founder

ActOne

Henry Ford, III

Manager, Corporate Strategy

Ford Motor Company

Phil Griffin

President

MSNBC

Aron Levine

Head of Consumer Banking & Investments

Bank of America

Zondwa Mandela

Chairman

Mandela Legacy Foundation

Bill Rogers

President & COO

Truist Financial Corporation

Brad Smith

Executive Chairman of the Board

Intuit

Dallas Tanner

President & CEO

Invitation Homes

Carlos Vazquez

Chief Financial Officer & COO

Popular, Inc.

E. Phil Wenger

Chairman & CEO

Fulton Bank

Tim Welsh

Vice Chairman

US Bank

Chelsea Clinton 

Vice Chair

Clinton Foundation

Joseph Otting

Former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency

REGIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MIDWESTERN BOARD

David Mooney

Chair

President & CEO

Aliant Credit Union

Calvin Dunning

VP, Fair Lending Officer

FirstBank

Mike Hart

Midwest Area President

Regions Bank

Staci Glenn Short

SVP, Community Development Program Director

Huntington National Bank  

NORTHEASTERN BOARD

Gina Proia

Chair

EVP, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

CIT Group

Sherrice Davis

VP, Community Reinvestment Department

M&T Bank

Skip Dillard

VP, Programming

WBLS and WLIB New York

Arlen Gelbard

EVP, General Counsel

Cross River Bank

Ed Kramer

Senior Advisor

Asurity Technologies

Robert Marchman

Senior Policy Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Kyle Matter

Director, Global Impact

KKR

Lissa Miller

SVP, Head of Supplier Diversity

Truist

Curt Myers

President & COO

Fulton Financial Corporation

Brian Vittek

President & CEO

Destinations Credit Union

SOUTHEASTERN BOARD

Eli Marks

Chair

Retail Credit Manager, Southeast

Wells Fargo

Regina Benjamin

18th U.S Surgeon General

Founder and CEO

BayouClinic, Inc.

Cassius Butts

Founder & CEO

Capital Fortitude Business Advisors

William Cheeks

President, Officer

ABBA Associates, Inc.

Carol Clarke

General Manager

Southside Development Company

Thomas Dortch, Jr.

President & CEO

TWD, Inc.

Kimberly Dorsett

EVP, Branch Banking Market Executive

Truist

Art Faulkner

Founder and President

Blue Skies Business Group, LLC

Kwanza Hall

Former Councilmember, District 2

Atlanta City Council

Susan Somersille Johnson

Chief Marketing Officer

Truist

Allan Kamensky

EVP, General Council/Secretary

Synovus Bank

Mike Kemp

President and CEO

Kemp Management Solutions, LLC

Brett Schaffer

SVP, Community Relations Manager

Regions Bank

WESTERN BOARD

Lisa Lunday

Trustee

Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation

Julius Robinson

Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

HOPE INSIDE ADVISORY BOARD

Sharon Jeffries-Jones

Chair

Sr. Vice President

Branch Banking & Trust Co. (BB&T)

Stephanie Couser

SVP, CRA and Community Affairs Contributions

CIT Bank

Jon Davies

SVP/Compliance Executive, Community Affairs and Contributions

Regions Bank

Robert Harris

SVP, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Bancorp South Bank

LEADERSHIP TEAM

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman & CEO

John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment, and financial dignity.

Brian Betts

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Betts has over 20 years of experience in auditing, accounting operations, and strategic planning.

Rachael Doff

CAO | Chief of Staff

Rachael Doff, is the first, and longest-serving, employee of Operation HOPE, Inc. She also serves as a senior advisor to the Chairman and as the corporate secretary, one of three officers of the organization.

Mary Ehrsam

President | HOPE Partnerships

Mary is a 22-year member of the HOPE legacy team. She is responsible for strategic development, partnership relations, and the execution of the development and sustainability strategy.

Lance Triggs

President | HOPE Programs

Lance Triggs leads HOPE program delivery with oversight of HOPE Inside programming operations through a nationwide network.

Rod McGrew

Chief Culture Officer

A legacy employee and HOPE’s first volunteer, Rod McGrew’s primary responsibility is to equip ambassadors of the HOPE brand to fuel the organization’s mission.

Jena Roscoe

SVP, Government Relations & Public Policy

In her role, Jena Roscoe concentrates on developing, growing, and sustaining international, federal, state, and local government partnerships and alliances in support of Operation HOPE programs and initiatives.

Elaine Hungenberg

EVP, HOPE Research and Impact Institute

Elaine Hungenberg has divisional oversight responsibility and provides strategic direction for the HOPE Research and Impact Institute. As an expertly trained quantitative political scientist, Elaine is also responsible for organizational research and thought leadership initiatives.

Kevin Boucher

EVP & Director, HOPE Global Forums

Kevin Boucher is responsible for institutionalizing the HOPE Global Forums as the premiere thought leadership space and partner meeting around financial inclusion and economic empowerment for the underserved.

Yvette Lippett

RVP, Program Operations

Yvette Lippett is Regional Vice President for Program Operations with oversight of HOPE Inside – Adult programming and partner relations for the Mid-South region. She began her role with Operation HOPE in December 2018.

Evelyn Ducoulombier

SVP, Corporate and Cultural Affairs

Evelyn Ducoulombier has spent her entire career working for nonprofits and for the betterment of the community which she serves. In her current role, Evelyn manages various HOPE initiatives, including HOPE Commitments.

Jason Schraub

National VP, Partnerships

Jason Schraub is a member of Operation HOPE’s Senior Management Group, with responsibility for developing and managing relationships with strategic partners throughout the country.

Walter L. Dees

RVP, Program Operations

Walter Dees is Regional Vice President for Program Operations with oversight of HOPE Inside – Adult programming and partner relations for the Southeast region. Over the course of his career, Walter has held leadership roles in the finance and real estate industries.

Eric Parks

RVP, Program Operations

Eric Parks is Regional Vice President for Program Operations with regional oversight of HOPE Inside – Adult programming and partner relations. As an experienced banking leader, Eric has managed a range of business models over the last 16 years.

Noreen Wilson

RVP, Program Operations

Noreen Wilson is Regional Vice President for Program Operations with regional oversight of HOPE Inside programming and partner relations.

Damian Carson

RVP, Program Operations

Damian is an experienced financial services professional and a leader in driving community development initiatives. Currently, Damian serves as Regional Vice President for Operation HOPE, where he is responsible for managing HOPE Inside adult and youth programs and partner relations.

Kathleen Spence

RVP, Program Operations

Kathleen is Regional Vice President for Program Operations with oversight of HOPE Inside – Adult programming and partner relations for the Mid-Atlantic region. She has held various positions in the banking and finance industry, including 16 years in management.

Ellen Peacock

Chief Communications Officer

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OUR PROGRAMS

Operation HOPE is the largest non-governmental, non-profit organization in America, working to disrupt poverty and empower the underserved with financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity for all. Operation HOPE is America’s financial coach.

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