ABA: Experts Selected to Judge Top Banks in Corporate Social Responsibility

Deadline for Community Commitment Award entries extended to July 19

​WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association Foundation today is pleased to announce the list of national experts responsible for judging the banking industry’s 2019 Community Commitment Awards. The CCA program recognizes banks of all sizes and charters across the country for their corporate social responsibility efforts in a range of categories. The 2019 award winners will be recognized at ABA’s Annual Convention in Seattle, Oct. 27-29. 

The awards are presented in eight categories ranging from affordable housing to supporting military families – a new category this year. The volunteer judges all have valuable expertise in their designated categories. They will choose a winner each category based on the creativity and thoughtfulness of the bank nomination, and if it demonstrates success in measurable terms. 

“We are deeply grateful to this impressive list of judges for taking the time to honor banks doing exemplary work in their communities,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “They will have to select from a long list of nominees demonstrating the industry’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.” 

“I constantly find myself impressed with the new and innovative ways banks give back to the communities they serve,” said Corey Carlisle, ABA Foundation executive director. “The award winners the judges select will not only earn well-deserved recognition for their bank, they will also provide other banks with great ideas for expanding their own corporate social responsibility programs.” Volunteer judges for each category include:

  • Affordable Housing: Maurice Jones, president and CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation;
  • Community & Economic Development: Donna Gambrell, president and CEO, Appalachian Community Capital;
  • Economic Inclusion: Gregg Orton, national director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA); 
  • Financial Education: Thomas Foley, managing director, World Institute on Disability;
  • Protecting Older Americans: Josh Hodges, chief customer officer, National Council on Aging;
  • Supporting Military Families: Shannon Razsadin, executive director, Military Family Advisory Network
  • Volunteerism: Steve Culbertson, president, Youth Service America; and
  • George Bailey Distinguished Service Award: Rob Nichols, CEO, American Bankers Association.

To view bank corporate social responsibility programs submitted through the Community Commitment Awards, visit the Foundation’s Banks in Their Communities map. The map will be updated later this year with all 2019 award entries.  

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $18 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks. Together, America’s banks employ more than 2 million men and women, safeguard nearly $14 trillion in deposits and extend more than $10 trillion in loans.

Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3, helps bankers provide financial education to individuals at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.

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