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February 03 2016

Operation HOPE Appoints Debbie Crowder, Head of Branch Banking for SunTrust Co-Chair of the Southeastern Board

ATLANTA, GA – February 4, 2016 --- Financial dignity leader Operation HOPE announced today that Debbie Crowder, head of Branch Banking for SunTrust has been appointed co-chair of the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors.

The powerful Southeastern Board plays a key part in the development and success of Operation HOPE, providing leadership and support for its programs and activities. As the board Co-Chair, Ms. Crowder will help guide the empowerment of youth and adults through financial dignity, economic literacy and digital empowerment.

At SunTrust Bank, Ms. Crowder serves as Branch Banking Executive responsible for the branch distribution channel of 1400 branch offices across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Previously, she served as Retail Banking Market Executive where she was responsible for the performance of 633 branch banking offices as well as Premier Banking and SunTrust’s bank at work program.

One of the nation's largest financial services organizations, SunTrust Bank is dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for its clients and communities. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company serves a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of September 30, 2015, SunTrust had total assets of $187 billion and total deposits of $146 billion.

HOPE’s Southeastern Board is comprised of some of the region’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in advancing HOPE’s initiatives to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to underserved communities throughout the area. A complete list of HOPE Board’s may be viewed online. 

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

In 2015, Operation HOPE received a 4-star charity for transparency and accountability by the prestigious nonprofit evaluator, Charity Navigator, establishing it as a best-in-class organization.  Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities. Through its core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.6 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. It is currently focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.