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March 14 2012

Julius Robinson, Head of Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group, Joins Operation HOPE Northwestern Board of Directors as Chair

Los Angeles – Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant announced today the addition of Julius Robinson, Group Head for Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility, as the Chairman of the HOPE Northwestern Board of Directors.  As Chair, Robinson will serve three-year term with his involvement beginning immediately.

“As HOPE’s newest Silver Rights Ambassador, Mr. Robinson will lend his time, talent and treasure to help advance HOPE’s financial dignity initiatives, encouraging youth and adults through financial literacy education, entrepreneurial programs, and digital empowerment,” said Bryant. “His business experience and dedication to the community make him a great choice to lead our Northwestern Board.”

Beginning his banking career in 1976 as a teller, Robinson built his career for 20 years, working with and consulting for a number of notable banking financial institutions such as Crocker Bank, Union Bank, 1st Nationwide Bank, Chase Manhattan, and Home Savings of America.

In 1997, he returned to Union Bank of California as Vice President and Region Manager, leading 18 Bay Area branches. After a series of promotions, Robinson received a new assignment, one which oversees CRA Requirements, Community Outreach, Philanthropy, Environmental Policies and Diversity issues. Effective January 2010, Robinson assumed full management and oversight of the CSR Group.

Robinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 in International Relations and Economics from United States International University at San Diego and Mexico City, D.F.  He completed an elite 3-year postgraduate program through the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2003, and returned for a 4th year as a selected member of a distinguished alumni group.

As a member of the HOPE NW Board of Directors, Robinson joins some of the nation’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists in providing insight and guidance to the “silver rights” empowerment organization’s direction.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE promotes financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities in more than 273 cities worldwide. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. In May 2012, HOPE will celebrate 20 years of making the free market system work for low-income communities in a Silver Rights Movement meant to help make free enterprise and capitalism work for the poor and undeserved.