ATLANTA – Feb. 14, 2020 – Operation HOPE today announced the appointment of Sirjames Buchanon as Chief Community Officer, effective immediately. Buchanon has served as Confidential Assistant to Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant, for the past seven years.

In this new role Buchanon will serve as the organization’s nationwide community-facing officer, and as the founder’s lead community representative in Atlanta, where HOPE’s global headquarters is located. He will also serve as the organization’s chief community risk management officer and as a bridge to community partners and the HOPE Development Group for joint grant opportunities. In collaboration with HOPE’s Office of Government Relations and Public Policy, Buchanon will also act as HOPE’s in-house expert on civil rights and silver rights legislation and regulation highlights; including civil rights acts, housing acts, etc. He will also continue in the capacity of Confidential Assistant to the Chairman.


“Sirjames is a dedicated leader that has worked to support and protect the mission of HOPE,” said Bryant. “In this new role, he will have an expanded outlook and reach to expand the work of HOPE and the Silver Rights Movement. I am pleased to have him join our executive team.”

Buchanon is a retired District Program Manager of Recreation Services from DeKalb County Government. He also served as Program Manager and Deputy Director of AmeriCorps Schools programs at Hands on Atlanta from 2005 – 2012. Buchanon is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in counseling from Bryson University.

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About Operation HOPE
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 families 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: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope