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January 29 2018

Angela Thomas-Anderson joins Operation HOPE as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Implementation

ATLANTA – Jan. 29, 2018  Global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc., announced today that Angela Thomas-Anderson has joined the organization as executive vice president of strategy and implementation. In this role Thomas-Anderson has responsibility for helping to expand Operation HOPE's footprint by creating and institutionalizing repeatable and measurable operational best practices. 

With over 20 years of global thought leadership experience, Thomas-Anderson will contribute her unique breadth and depth of business acumen acquired from executive roles at several Fortune 500 corporations in technology, manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, financial services, and professional services industries, and from the world's leading humanitarian not-for-profit agency. She began her career as a Wall Street financial analyst with J.P. Morgan. Her hands-on approach and strategic insights have enabled her to successfully create and reinvigorate operations which yield sustainable value. Her experience leading infrastructure development, business transformations and integration, sales strategies, workforce solutions, procurement, and grants/contracts management throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, will adeptly support the transformation of Operation HOPE.

A strong passion for helping others is exemplified through Thomas-Anderson’s civic and community service engagements. In 1993, she was appointed the Envoy to Senegal by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and served in this capacity through to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.  She is a former director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Workforce Board and chairperson of the youth council, and former director of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.  Currently, she serves as an education strategy subcommittee member for the Fayette County Visioning Board and is a professor at INBRASC, a São Paulo, Brazil-based global supply chain graduate degree education and learning institution. 

Thomas-Anderson holds an MBA in International Business from the J. Mack Robinson School of business at Georgia State University, including graduate studies at Groupe Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) in Toulouse, France, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She resides in the Metro-Atlanta area with her spouse, and they have a son and a daughter.  Thomas-Anderson will report directly to Dr. Anita Ward, president of Operation HOPE.

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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 2.8 million individuals and directed more than $2.7 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 third 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. Stay in touch with Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope.