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May 02 2016

Operation HOPE Announces New Board Appointments and Commitments for Detroit Uplift 2020

Strategic partnerships will support the Detroit Uplift 2020 initiative that will focus and intensify the organization’s deployment of free financial education and empowerment programs within local communities.

DETROIT – May 2, 2016 – Global financial dignity and empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc., has announced new board appointments and commitments to support the Detroit Uplift 2020 initiative that will escalate the organization’s core financial literacy and empowerment programs throughout the city to strengthen low- and middle-income families and help advance financial inclusion.

Key partnerships include:

- Detroit Public Schools

- Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

- The City of Detroit

- Detroit Mayor’s Office

- Fifth Third Bank

- Talmer Bank

- Detroit Medical Center

- Economic Development Administration

The following individuals have been named to the Detroit Regional Board of Directors:

- Tonya Allen, Skillman Foundation

- Conrad Mallet, Detroit Medical Center

- Mark Davidoff, Deloitte

- Hon. Gerald Rosen, U.S. District Judge

- Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber

The following individuals have been appointed to the Detroit Uplift 2020 Advisory Board:

- Robin Barnes, Latitude Luxury Realtly Group

- Kenyetta Campbell, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance

- Sheilah Clay, Neighborhood Service Organization

- Rochelle Collins, Heritage The Diggs Group

- Howard Hughey, H2 Media, Inc.

- Quincy Jones, Osborne Alliance

- Richard Mack, Miller Cohen

- Gail Perry Mason, Oppenheimer & Company, Inc.

- Janella Robinson, Department of Corrections

- Charles Small, Don Bosco Hall

- Ned Staebler, Tech Town/Wayne State University

- Alice Thompson, Black Family Development

- Margaret Trimer-Hartley, Junior Achievement of SE Michigan

- Camille Walker-Banks, 10,000 Small Businesses Connected

- Carol Wells, WCCCD

- Deandre Windom, Former Highland Park Mayor

“We are grateful for our strategic partners and their dedicated alliance as we work to aid in the economic recovery of Detroit,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant. “The targeted work of Detroit Uplift 2020 will provide social uplift and economic leverage in underserved communities—boosting the personal aspirations of all impacted."

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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—powering the broadest financial inclusion network in the country. 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 Operation 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—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org