For Immediate Release
August 6, 2014
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National Judges Selected for 2014 Top Banks in Community Engagement

ABA receives record-high number of entries for Community Commitment Awards

​WASHINGTON –The American Bankers Association, through its Community Engagement Foundation, has selected seven national experts from the financial and non-profit community to judge the 2014 ABA Community Commitment Awards. The 2014 award winners will be announced at ABA’s Annual Convention in Dallas Oct. 19-21.

This year, the awards expanded to seven categories, ranging from affordable housing to community and economic development. Judges will choose a winner for their designated category based on the creativity and thoughtfulness of the program, and if it demonstrates success in measurable terms.

The esteemed judges for each category include:

  • Affordable Housing: Terri Ludwig, president & CEO, Enterprise Community Partners Inc.;
  • Community & Economic Development: Ben Hecht, president & CEO, Living Cities;
  • Financial Education: Andrea Levere, president, Corporation for Enterprise Development;
  • Nontraditional Borrower/Under-banked: Jennifer Tescher, president & CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation;
  • Protecting Older Americans: Jo Ann Jenkins, executive vice president and chief operating officer, AARP;
  • Volunteerism: Evan Hochberg, chief strategy officer, United Way Worldwide; and
  • George Bailey Distinguished Service Award: Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service.

“We’re excited to have yet another impressive panel of expert judges for this year’s awards,” said Frank Keating president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. “Each of them has a deep understanding of the strong foundation banks provide their communities.”

The awards program, which received more than 170 entries, celebrates the innovative and high impact contributions banks of all sizes make to their communities.

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The ABA Community Engagement Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation, is the successor to the ABA Education Foundation established in 1925. Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs the foundation helps bankers provide financial education to individuals at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.

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