ATLANTA – Feb. 27, 2020 – John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, has been appointed Chair of the First Republic Bank Community Advisory Board. The mission of First Republic’s Community Advisory Board is to further strengthen the bank’s fair lending and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) programs for low-to-moderate income and underserved minority communities. The Board provides strategic guidance that advances the bank’s initiatives regarding affordable housing, small business and economic development, and financial empowerment. Bryant has served as a member of the Community Advisory Board for more than three years.

“I am honored to continue to help facilitate positive dialogue between First Republic Bank and key stakeholders in underserved communities, to promote collaboration and create sustainable impact in those communities,” Bryant said.

First Republic’s Community Advisory Board members include, Faith Bautista, president and Chief Executive Officer, National Asian American Coalition (NAAC), and president and Chief Executive Officer, National Diversity Coalition (NDC); Susan M. Ifill, Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC); and Claudia Viek, founder and catalyst, Invest In Women Entrepreneurship Initiative.


About John Hope Bryant
American Banker 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, John Hope Bryant, is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc.; and chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures, and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S. His work has been recognized by the last five U.S. presidents, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. Bryant has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs 2018 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2018, he received the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He has been named in the Atlanta Business Chronicle‘s “100 Most Influential Atlantans” listing for the past four consecutive years. His latest book, The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler, September 2017), debuted as the #1 new release in budgeting and money management on Amazon. Bryant regularly appears as a guest co-host on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low and moderate-income youth and adults across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check-cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope