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For Immediate Release
July 22, 2016
ABA Media Contact: Blair Bernstein
(202) 663-5468
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National Judges Selected for 2016 Top Banks in Corporate Social Responsibility


WASHINGTON –The American Bankers Association Foundation has announced the national experts responsible for judging the 2016 Community Commitment Awards​. The awards program celebrates the innovative and high impact contributions banks of all sizes make to their communities. The 2016 award winners will be announced at ABA’s Annual Convention in Nashville Oct. 16-18.

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. 

​“I’m incredibly impressed by the collective knowledge and passion of our panel of expert judges,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “Their expertise, coupled with their deep understanding of the strong foundation banks provide their communities, makes each of them well-suited to select our winners.”

“The quality of the entries reflects the outstanding effort banks put forth to improve their communities,” said Corey Carlisle, ABA Foundation executive director. “Our judges have their work cut out for them in selecting a winner.” 

​Notable judges for each category include:
  • ​Affordable Housing: Paul Weech, president and CEO, Neighborworks;
  • Community & Economic Development: Ben Hecht, president and CEO, Living Cities; 
  • Financial Education: Nan Morrison, president and CEO, Council for Economic Education;
  • Nontraditional Borrower/Under-banked: Ellen Lazar, former senior advisor to the chairman for consumer policy, FDIC, and board member, Corporation for Enterprise Development;
  • Protecting Older Americans: Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP; and
  • Volunteerism: Evan Hochberg, chief strategy officer, United Way Worldwide. 
To view the bank corporate social responsibility programs submitted through the Community Commitment Awards, visit the ABA Foundation’s Banks in Their Communities map. The map will be updated later this year with all 2016 award entries.  

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $16 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 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.