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April 14 2016

Omari Pearson Appointed Operation HOPE Market President, Mid-Atlantic Region

Pearson to lead Operation HOPE’s delivery of financial empowerment programs and services for youth and adults in underserved communities in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. 

ATLANTA – Apr. 11, 2016 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader, Operation HOPE, Inc. has appointed Omari Pearson, Market President for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region. A Chicago native, currently residing in the Washington, D.C. area, Pearson is committed to leading Operation HOPE’s delivery of financial literacy education and empowerment tools to youth and adults in underserved communities throughout the region. 

Since 2011, Pearson has served as Program Manager for the development, implementation and growth of the college edition of Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future (BOOF) program. BOOF College Edition is an extension of the financial literacy program’s transformative work with high school students, and was developed to empower college students to become stakeholders on their campuses and in the community, while equipping them with the tools necessary to be fiscally fit and financially empowered as they matriculate and graduate. 

In this role, Pearson worked with Operation HOPE leaders to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to offer the BOOF program to its member institutions. He has been instrumental in educating more than 30,000 college students, and led the development of a mobile app to provide students with access to financial literacy programs, as well as scholarships. 

In high school, Pearson was a decorated and respected basketball player. He landed at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on an athletic scholarship—achieving many successes there, including, selection to the Academic All Conference Basketball Team from 2001-2003, and membership on the student athlete advisory board committee. Pearson transferred to Mansfield University for his senior year of college, and was selected as a Daktronics Third Team Basketball All-American. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team, then transitioned to play internationally. Pearson’s experiences as a student athlete living on a budget, along with the early lessons he received from his family, have equipped him with empathy for young people and an understanding of their struggles. Committed to generational change, Pearson devotes much of his time to mentoring student athletes—sharing with them the many lessons he learned while playing sports, and helping them successfully identify and transition into their goals. 

“Omari Pearson has been, and continues to be, a great ambassador for Operation HOPE, as he carries the torch to illuminate a path to financial security and empowerment for today's youth,”Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO John Hope Bryant said. “Operation HOPE is committed to expanding its Mid-Atlantic impacts with adults and youth, and he will provide that leadership.” 

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. Project 5117 is HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org