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July 11 2012

Popular Community Bank North America Region Executive Brian Doran Joins HOPE Northeastern Board

New York – Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today the addition of Brian Doran, Region Executive, New York Metro Region & Director of Governmental Affairs, Popular Community Bank (NASDAQ: BPOP)  to the organization’s Northeastern Board of Directors, his participation will help ensure the stability and advancement for youth financial literacy and dignity programs in the Northeast Region of America.


“Mr. Doran’s commitment to youth financial literacy empowerment and his dedication to helping boost underserved communities make him a great asset to our board,” said Mary Hagerty Ehrsam, Division President, HOPE Youth Empowerment Group & CEO, New York Market. “Mr. Doran is a longtime advocate for financial education and we look forward to his guidance and insight to help us empower individuals in New York and beyond.”

As the New York/New Jersey Region Executive and Director of Governmental Affairs for Popular Community Bank, a New York-chartered commercial bank and a subsidiary of Popular, Inc., an international financial services company, his responsibilities include executive management and oversight of the Bank’s sales, marketing and operations in the New York Metropolitan area and monitoring and participating in federal and state legislative and regulatory matters impacting the financial institutions industry.  He is also a member of Popular’s Senior Management Team and is Secretary of the Popular Foundation.

Mr. Doran joined the New York State Bar in 1985 and served as an attorney with several firms prior to joining Popular. He is a member of the Financial Services Roundtable’s Housing Policy Executive Council and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau for Metro New York. He also serves as a Director of the Staten Island (NY) Center for Independent Living, a resource, education and counseling center for persons with disabilities, and is a director of the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation and several related entities, which provide low-cost senior housing in New York City.

Popular is the No.1 bank by both assets and deposits in Puerto Rico and ranks 33rd by assets among US banks. Since1893 Popular has been built upon strong institutional values, providing full-service financial services in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America. First established in the US in 1961, Popular today markets E-scan online deposits accounts and continues to grow its core banking services, operating approximately 90 franchises in five states: California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

HOPE’s Northeastern Board is comprised of some of the nation'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 it underserved communities a complete 2012 list of HOPE's Board members may be viewed here.