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For Immediate Release
July 27, 2017
ABA Media Contact: Blair Bernstein
(202) 663-5468
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National Judges Selected for 2017 Top Banks in Corporate Social Responsibility


​WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association Foundation has announced the national experts responsible for judging the 2017 Community Commitment Awards. The awards program celebrates the innovative and high impact contributions banks of all sizes make to their communities. The 2017 award winners will be recognized at ABA’s Annual Convention in Chicago, Oct. 15-17.
The awards are presented in six categories ranging from affordable housing to volunteerism. 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.
“America’s banks do incredible work to support their customers and improve their local communities,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “We are excited to have a knowledgeable panel of expert judges to evaluate these bank initiatives and identify the best in class.”
“Each year, I am impressed with the new and inventive ways banks enhance the communities they serve,” said Corey Carlisle, ABA Foundation executive director. “With more than 200 entries, a record for the program, we wish the judges luck with what is bound to be a tough decision.” 
Notable judges for each category include:
  • Affordable Housing: Terri Ludwig, president and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners;
  • Community & Economic Development: Donna Gambrell, president and CEO, Appalachian Community Capital;
  • Economic Inclusion: Jennifer Tescher, CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation;
  • Financial Education: Nan Morrison, president and CEO, Council for Economic Education;
  • Protecting Older Americans: Kathleen Quinn, former executive director, National Adult Protective Services Association;
  • Volunteerism: Gail McGovern, president and CEO, American Red Cross; and
  • George Bailey Distinguished Service Award: Rob Nichols, CEO, American Bankers Association.
To view bank corporate social responsibility programs submitted through the Community Commitment Awards, visit the Foundation’s Banks in Their Communities map. The map will be updated later this year with all 2017 award entries. 
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend more than $9 trillion in loans.
Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3, 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.