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November 02 2017

Mary Hagerty Ehrsam appointed Chief of Staff and Partnerships to Operation HOPE President

ATLANTA – Nov. 2, 2017 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc., announced today that Mary Hagerty Ehrsam has been appointed Chief of Staff and Partnerships to the president of Operation HOPE, Anita Ward.

Ehrsam is a 20-year veteran of Operation HOPE. She developed and launched the HOPE youth programs, established and led the development of the South African programs, and curated new partners and relationships for Operation HOPE for two decades.

Prior to joining Operation HOPE, Ehrsam began her career in strategic economic development and poverty alleviation with the Los Angeles affiliate of Habitat for Humanity—growing the organization from a $35,000 annual budget to $3.2 million, and constructing 64 homes in partnership with recipient homeowners and a global network of volunteers. 

Ehrsam received a degree in economics from Gettysburg College. She currently serves on the board of directors of Child Youth Finance in the Netherlands, and is a member of ODE National Economics Society.

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About Operation HOPE

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—disrupting poverty for millions of low- and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 2.8 million individuals and directed more than $2.7 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into ?nancially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve ?nancial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its third 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. Stay in touch with Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope.