Northwestern Board Member: April 2007 - October 2011
Cheryl L. Evans was the Director of Community Relations for Citibank North America's Western Division, which includes the states of California and Nevada. With more than 25 years experience in banking, her previous roles include working in the Community Development Divisions for both Cal Fed Bank and Sumitomo Bank.
She managed a team of Community Relations staff responsible for directing the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program at the corporate level throughout California and Nevada. Under Cheryl's guidance, the Community Relations staff identified strategic partnerships, determined community needs with community partners serving low to moderate income communities, developed mutually beneficial innovative products and programs with strategic partners, and fulfilled the bank’s lending, investment, and service requirements of CRA regulations. In 2006 Cheryl led a team which:
• Provided 275 entrepreneurs/small businesses with technical assistance;
• Educated 14,806 low-to-moderate income individuals on a wide variety of financial education topics;
• Taught over 620 elementary students at over 14 schools about the benefits of saving money; and
• Helped over 350 low-to-moderate income individuals become homeowners; and
• Afforded 153 volunteer opportunities to Citibank employees.
Cheryl received several awards for her dedication to serving low-to-moderate income communities in California including being recognized as one of the Top 101 Outstanding Women from Black Expo and one of the 10 Most Influential people in the Corporate category from CityFlight Magazine. She also received the Corporate Recognition Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Salute to Sisterhood Award from Black Women Organized For Political Action.
Cheryl served on the Board for San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco Unified School District National Academy Foundation, and Co-Chairs Citigroup’s African Heritage Network-San Francisco/Bay Area.
Cheryl graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School's MBA program of management education in finance and received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.