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January 01 2009

Wells Fargo Executive Tom Swanson Takes Helm of Operation HOPE’S Southwestern Board

Move signals continued commitment to “silver rights” for west coast

(LOS ANGELES) December 17, 2009 - Financial literacy nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE), announced today that Tom Swanson, Wells Fargo regional manager, has been appointed Chair of Operation HOPE’s Southwestern Board. In his new position, Mr. Swanson will help solidify HOPE’s commitment to “silver rights” in Southern California and its surrounding areas.

“I am very pleased that Operation HOPE will have the continued dedicated leadership it needs with Tom Swanson taking the helm of the Southwestern Board,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant. “Making our free market system work for the benefit of all Americans is our greatest mission. I'm excited to have his continued support in making our movement become a reality."

In his ten years with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Mr. Swanson’s region funded in excess of $55 billion in loans. His focus and dedication to the community has resulted in Wells Fargo Home Mortgage raising and contributing over $1 million to nonprofits.

 “I am proud to serve as the Southwestern Board Chair and will work to see that every community has an equal opportunity to nurture economic development from within,” said Mr. Swanson. “Success in the Southwestern Region is key to expanding the mission of “silver rights” and I am proud to be a part of making it become a reality.”

Mr. Swanson began board service on HOPE’s board in 2007. In his new position he will replace former co-chair of the Southwestern Board, Rod McGrew. Mr. Swanson will lead the Southwestern Board to eradicate poverty and spread dignity, along with the assistance and support of Landon V. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of New Paradigm Broadcasting Network, LLC, who steps up from co-chair to vice chair. The 11 additional members include:

Vernon Aguirre
California Regional Executive
Banco Popular

Andrew Cohen
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Trust Company

Karen A. Clark
VP, National Multicultural Marketing Manager
US Bank

 Glenn Harvey
President and Chief Financial Officer
Williams Group Capital

Craig L. Hudson
President and COO
Summit Consulting

Elaine Gaspard
Senior Business Relationship Officer
East West Bank

Donald Kincey
Vice President, Comm. Dev. & Public Affairs
Comerica Incorporated

Mindy Lamont
Relationship Manager
AXA Advisors

Walter Mix, III
Managing Director

Barbara Nall
President and CEO
LA Financial Credit Union

Ellis M. Stanley, Sr.
Director, Western Emergency
Management Services, Dewberry


Since 2002, Mr. McGrew has served on HOPE's Southwestern Board. He leaves Board participation to take on the new role of Global Chief of Marketing and Branding and Senior Advisor for Office of the Chairman at HOPE.

Comprised of some of the nation's most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists, these individuals play an essential role in providing insight and guidance to the organization's direction.  To date, HOPE has created some 800 new homeowners and raised more than $500 million in inner-city investments and educated more than 425,000 youth in financial literacy.

A complete 2009 list of HOPE's National Board may be viewed at