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February 24 2017

Jonathan Polk joins Operation HOPE Global Board of Directors

ATLANTA – Feb. 24, 2017 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader, Operation HOPE, Inc., has appointed Jonathan Polk, President and CEO of American Express Bank, FSB, and Senior Vice President, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs and International Banking in American Express Global Risk & Compliance, to its global board of directors. 

As President of FSB, Polk is responsible for overseeing and establishing bank policies, strategies and goals; providing leadership on the financial, operational and regulatory activity of the bank; partnering with affiliates to drive innovation and growth and ensure compliance, and interfacing with regulatory agencies. In his role as Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, he and his team support and manage relationships with financial regulatory authorities with jurisdiction of American Express around the world.  In the international banking space, he is responsible for ensuring a consistent level of rigor in the management and control of American Express banks around the world by leveraging best banking practices everywhere the company operates.

Before joining American Express, Polk spent more than 20 years with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he most recently led the on-site supervisory team at Citigroup. Prior to that role, he was part of the New York Fed's Special Investments Management Group. Earlier in his career at the Fed, Polk served as the senior officer responsible for corporate compliance and anti-money laundering examinations at the New York Reserve Bank. He began his career with the Federal Reserve in 1986 as a staff attorney focused on litigation and regulatory enforcement matters.  He also spent three years with the private law firm of Miller & Wrubel, P.C. in New York City as a commercial litigator with a concentration in securities and real estate cases.

Polk earned a law degree from Cornell Law School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Hobart College where he studied Philosophy and English. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Operation HOPE’s global board includes, Jim Clifton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gallup, Inc.; Lisa Borders, President, Women’s National Basketball Association; and Robb Webb, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tenet Healthcare.