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September 15 2017

Carol Clarke joins Operation HOPE Alabama Board of Directors

ATLANTA – Sept. 15, 2017 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader, Operation HOPE, Inc., has named Carol Clarke, Southside Development Company Project Director at Corporate Realty, to its Alabama board of directors.

Clarke, a native of Birmingham, AL, began her professional career as a co-op student at Georgia Power Company, while completing her studies in electrical engineering at George Tech. She continued as an energy engineer until 1995, when her career shifted to program management consulting as an employee of Atlanta-based H.J. Russell & Company.

Russell assigned Clarke to manage the Birmingham Olympic Program for the City of Birmingham as the city prepared to host Olympic soccer and other sports practice venues during the '96 Summer Olympic Games. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Birmingham Mayor's Office, serving first as Director of Capital Projects and later, Economic Development Director before returning to the private sector in January 2008. Since 2008, Clarke has continued to work in community development roles at Regions Bank and IBERIABANK, before assuming her current role.

A community volunteer throughout her adult life, today Clarke is currently active with the following agencies serving the Birmingham community: Create Birmingham Board of Directors, Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham Board of Directors, Aletheia House Board of Directors, Urban Impact Birmingham Board of Directors, Industrial Development Board, Medical Clinic Board - General City of Birmingham, United Way of Central Alabama Community Initiatives Committee, and Vulcan Park & Museum Program Committee.

Clarke's honors include recognition by the metro-Birmingham chapter of the NAACP in 2012 as an Outstanding African American; inclusion in the 2014 cohort of al.com's Women Who Make a Difference; and in 2016, Clarke was deemed one of Birmingham's Top 50 Over 50 by Positive Maturity.

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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 ?nancially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve ?nancial 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.