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October 17 2013

HOPE Coalition America Creates Advisory Board to Provide Strategic Counsel for Financial Recovery and Emergency Preparedness

LOS ANGELES--October 17, 2013-- Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that it has created a new Board of Advisors for HOPE Coalition America (HCA) the nonprofit’s Disaster Financial Recovery preparedness and response division that will help build relationships and provide overall support and guidance for the organization's activities around financial and economic recovery after disasters for American families and small businesses.
“HOPE is recognized by first stage responders, as integral part of the financial recovery and rebuilding process, said HOPE Coalition America President and HCA Board Chair Fred Smith. "Organizing this prestigious board of key advisors is a major step in the direction of making our programs more effective, touching the lives of millions. Individuals and communities will have the guidance and opportunity to become better prepared to recover financially after disasters and emergencies." As newly elected “silver rights" ambassadors for communities throughout America, these individuals will join the founding board.
These members include:
  • Jason McNamara, Vice President Obsidian Analysis, Inc.
  • Jack Morgan, Divisional Disaster Executive American Red Cross, Northeast Florida Chapter
  • Joseph Ruiz, UPS Humanitarian Relief Program, The UPS Foundation Andrew Sachs,
  • Witt O’Brien’s, LLC Vice President for Government Services
  • Ellis Stanley, Executive Vice President Hammerman & Gainer International
  • Scott Talbott, Senior Vice President, Public Policy The Financial Services Roundtable
  • Jason A. Yancey, HOPE Coalition America, Non-Voting Secretary of the Board

HOPE boards are comprised of some of the nation's most powerful financial executives, decision-makers, public policy makers, bankers and economists. They include six domestic regional boards, two new regional boards in South Africa, a national governing board, global advisory board, and the recently added HOPE Coalition America Advisory Board. All play an essential role providing insight, guidance, resources and support to the organization and its senior management team. HOPE is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and dignity through various educational programs and initiatives.

Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than 2 million individuals, directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities. At its core is a “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise and capitalism work for everyone. To learn more about Operation HOPE, visit, follow us on Twitter, @operationhope, and like us on Facebook.