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October 22 2012

Barry Wides, OCC Deputy Comptroller of Community Affairs, to Direct Working Group Session at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

ATLANTA – October 23, 2012 – Financial empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE announced today that Barry Wides, Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, will direct the Direct Working Group Session Role of Government in a Reset World for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (HGFDS) on November 15th, 2012 in Atlanta. Wides will also serve as a speaker at the Summit.

Operation HOPE’s 20th Anniversary celebration, the HGFDS expects to bring more than 1,000 delegates of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders worldwide together to explore the theme Community, Character and (Responsible) Capitalism, and discuss viable long-term, systemic and sustainable solutions to our economic and life problems.

Prior to joining the OCC in 1999, Mr. Wides was Director of Affordable Housing Sales at Freddie Mac, where he led a nationwide sales team responsible for developing products and strategies to achieve the company’s congressionally mandated affordable housing goals. He previously served as Deputy Director of the Resolution Trust Corporation’s Affordable Housing Program. Mr. Wides began his career in Washington, D.C. as a Presidential Management Intern and Budget Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget.

In helping banks and thrifts to be leaders in community development finance, the OCC's Community Affairs Department conducts outreach and develops publications to help national banks and federal savings associations to provide financial services to underserved markets.

The Community Affairs staff is responsible for outreach to banks and their community partners, the administration of the “Part 24″ public welfare investment authority, the development of policy, and the creation and distribution of educational materials on community development issues.

Mr. Wides is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor of science in accounting and an MBA from Indiana University.

To learn how you can participate in the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, click here. If you are interested in joining the conversation online, come visit our online mini-summit: Talking Dignity