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October 28 2013

Detroit Financial Recovery Czar Don Graves to Open the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit


ATLANTA – October 28, 2013 – Today, Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced that the Executive Director for the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House Don Graves will give remarks during the opening reception and lead a White House Special Field Meeting at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (Summit) in Atlanta, November 13 and 14. Graves will speak on Wednesday, November 13, the first day of the summit. This is the second consecutive year that Graves has provided pre-summit remarks.

In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the two-day summit, Global Economic Recovery: How The Poor Can Help Save Capitalism, will be moderated by Soledad O’Brien and frame the issue of financial inclusion, small business, entrepreneurship, jobs, and financial dignity as essential core ingredients to mid and long-term economic recovery and stability. It is expected to draw 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders from more than 50 countries around the world.  

“I am proud to call Don Graves a friend and look forward to his presentation to our Summit once again this year,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “Our Summit attendees will benefit greatly from his expertise on the economy and his experience as a trusted advisor to President Obama on job creation and economic growth.”

In Graves role at the White House, he provides advice to President Obama on opportunities to strengthen the U.S. economy, as well as ways to create jobs across the country. Graves also serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development and Housing Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In his duties at the Treasury Department, Graves manages a portfolio of business-related policy issues. Prior to his time in the public sector, Graves worked as a partner with Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC. In addition, he is the former Director of Public Policy for the Business Roundtable, as well as a Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Domestic Finance.

The annual HOPE Summit will serve also as the staging area for the gathering of commitments for business role models, business internships, youth entrepreneurship business grants, and other commitments for action in underserved communities.

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its three 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 two million individuals, families, and small business owners. Operation HOPE is driven by a “silver rights” mission fueled by vision and idealism, HOPE strives to empower the struggling middle class through financial literacy, dignity and capital enterprise.

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