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


“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.



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 Management 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


Steve Ryan

Nominating & Governance Committee Chair


Jeff Schmid

Executive Comp & Benefits Committee Chair

President and CEO

Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation

Tim Wennes

President and CEO

Santander Bank, N.A.

Jed York

Chief Executive Officer

San Francisco 49ers


John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Operation HOPE, Inc.

Ellen Alemany

Chairman, President & CEO

CIT Group

Ed Bastian

Chief Executive Officer

Delta Air Lines

Craig Boundy

Chief Executive Officer

Experian North America

Janice Bryant Howroyd

CEO & Founder


Chelsea Clinton 

Vice Chair

Clinton Foundation

Harley Finkelstein



Henry Ford, III

Manager, Corporate Strategy

Ford Motor Company

Sarah Friar

Chief Executive Officer


Phil Griffin



William Lansing

Chief Executive Officer


Aron Levine

President, Preferred and

Consumer Banking &


Bank of America

Zondwa Mandela


Mandela Legacy Foundation

Joseph Otting

Former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency

Tony Ressler

Co-Founder & Exec Chairman

Ares Management Corp.

Bill Rogers

Chief Executive Officer

Truist Financial Corporation

Brad Smith

Executive Chairman of the Board


Dallas Tanner

President & CEO

Invitation Homes

Carlos Vazquez

Chief Financial Officer & COO

Popular, Inc.

Tim Welsh

Vice Chairman

US Bank

E. Phil Wenger

Chairman & CEO

Fulton Bank



David Mooney


former President & CEO

Alliant Credit Union

Calvin Dunning

VP, Fair Lending Officer


Staci Glenn Short

SVP, Community Development Program Director

Huntington National Bank  


Gina Proia


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


Lissa Miller

SVP, Head of Supplier Diversity


Curt Myers

President & COO

Fulton Financial Corporation


Eli Marks


Retail Credit Manager, Southeast

Wells Fargo

Regina Benjamin

18th U.S Surgeon General

Founder and CEO

BayouClinic, Inc.

William Cheeks

President, Officer

ABBA Associates, Inc.

Carol Clarke

General Manager

Southside Development Company

Kenneth Corbin

Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer| Wage and Investment

Internal Revenue Service

Thomas Dortch, Jr.

President & CEO

TWD, Inc.

Kimberly Dorsett

EVP, Branch Banking Market Executive


Art Faulkner

Founder and President

Blue Skies Business Group, LLC

Allan Kamensky

EVP, General Council/Secretary

Synovus Bank

Mike Kemp

President and CEO

Kemp Management Solutions, LLC

Brett Shaffer

SVP, Community Relations Manager

Regions Bank


Lisa Lunday


Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation

Julius Robinson

Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.


Sharon Jeffries-Jones


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


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

President & 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.

Jennifer Wolford

Chief Operating Officer

As a transformational executive with vision and imagination, Jennifer has an accomplished background of achieving audacious goals and leading innovative digital solutions that translate live interactions into online scale.

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.

Kevin Boucher

Chief Advocacy Officer & 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.

Jesssica Bergeron

Senior Vice President,
HOPE Innovation and Learning

Jessica began her career as a classroom teacher after obtaining a degree in English at Spelman College and a Masters in Education from Smith College. She quickly developed interest in educational research and returned to school to obtain a doctorate degree in Education from Georgia State University with a special research focus on adult learning.

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.

Nicole Pietro

Chief Development Officer

As CDO, she will grow revenue streams by building individual giving and private foundation strategies, securing corporate support and growing our government grants income.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Noreen Wilson

RVP, Program Operations

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