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October 09 2013

Operation HOPE Welcomes India Alston, Founder & CEO BEAM Global Strategies, to the Northwest Board

Former Banking on Our Future student puts principles into practice as new board member
OAKLAND – October 8, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that India S. Alston, Founder & CEO of BEAM Global Strategies, has been appointed to its Northeastern Board of Directors. Ms. Alston is the first board member who has gone through the Banking on Our Future program when she was a high school student. 
As a “silver rights” ambassador, Alston is expected to play a key role in helping to bring youth financial literacy empowerment to underserved schools throughout the Bay Area. Alston plans to provide leadership, guidance and help generate ongoing support for HOPE programs and activities during her two-year service on the board.
Alston launched BEAM Global Strategies (formerly BEAM Marketing and Management, LLC) in 2010. With a focus on developing go-to-market strategies and brand identity for globally positioned, emerging and corporate brands, India builds from her core desire to help entrepreneurs stand out in competitive markets. She has a passion for people, critical thinking and creativity.  India revels in the collaborative success of her clients.  
India currently represents clients in various industries, including: clean-technology finance, early technology startups, international commercial development, film, television, music, and sports. She also currently serves as Secretary of Board of Directors for the Chamique Holdsclaw Foundation, Inc, which will officially launch Fall 2013.
A native of Washington, DC she is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in African and African-American Studies.  She has worked various positions in Marketing and Brand Management, before launching BGS.
HOPE has made the financial empowerment of low-income communities its mission since 1992. Through countless partnerships across the globe, HOPE has served as the premier social investment banking organization through free services to those in need.  The financial dignity nonprofit has served over 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners, in an effort to make capitalism work for the underserved.
HOPE’s Northwest Board is comprised of some of the region’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in driving HOPE’s Silver Rights Movement to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to the community. A complete 2013 list of HOPE's Boards may be viewed here