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ShaDonte Butler , Senior Affordable Housing Program Relationship Manager, focuses on cultivating and expanding the FHLBank’s customer relationships and driving new business to the Bank through its Community Investment Products. Prior to joining the Bank in May of 2009 as Business and Relationship Development Manager, Ms. Butler worked in a variety of roles within Fannie Mae’s Single Family Mortgage Division.


Monica Copeland is the MDI Network Director at Inclusiv. In this role she manages initiatives providing technical assistance and resources to help strengthen and grow Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) as well as implementing special projects involving financial access and inclusion. Prior to working at Inclusiv, Ms. Copeland was a Senior Program Manager for children’s savings at Prosperity Now (formerly CFED).


Nicole A. Elam, Esq. is President and CEO of the National Bankers Association (NBA), the premier trade association and voice for the nation’s minority depository institutions, and Executive Director of the National Bankers Association Foundation. She is the youngest CEO since the NBA’s founding in 1927. Ms. Elam joined NBA in May 2021 from JPMorgan Chase & Co. where she was vice president and government relations manager developing policy positions and advocacy strategies in Washington, DC.


Staci Glenn-Short joined Huntington in 1999 and serves as the Community Development Director. During her tenure with Huntington, she has been responsible for the design and implementation of the Bank’s CRA and Fair Lending Programs including the collection and filing of HMDA and CRA Data, development and implementation of community development products and programs, and monitoring and reporting for both CRA and Fair Lending functions. She has over 35 years of banking experience, with previously held positions at Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust and Bank One.


Bruce Hatton joined the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas in 1997 and currently serves as the Community Marketing and Outreach Manager. In this role, he oversees the Banks Community Investment marketing plan and engages members and community stakeholders to utilize the community investment products. Prior to this role, he was the Bank’s Affordable Housing Manager for 20 years. Mr. Hatton has 30 plus years of experience in the financial and real estate industry.


André King is the Assistant Deputy Comptroller (ADC) in the Downers Grove (Chicago) Field Office, where he has served in the role for 5+ years. His role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities including the direct oversight of 20 financial institutions ranging in size up to $8 billion in assets, with a staff of 20 direct reports. His duties also include project management responsibilities as a member of the Senior Management Group, risk-based strategy development and implementation, and outreach activities with external stakeholders.


Christopher Lewis currently holds the position of Vice President of the Office of Strategic Engagement (MDI/CDFI) at the American Bankers Association (ABA) in Washington, DC, since July 2023. In his capacity at ABA, Mr. Lewis actively shapes policy positions on MDI/CDFI-specific proposals, advocating for funding opportunities, enhancing CDFI certification standards, and drafting impactful communications to support identified priorities before Congress and regulatory agencies.


Lenwood V. Long, Sr. is the CEO and Co-Founder of the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs. He is co-founder and visionary rebrander and the former president/CEO of Carolina Small Business Development Fund, a CDFI and statewide nonprofit organization known for programs related to African American small businesses, women entrepreneurship, veterans, and the Latino/Hispanic community. Mr. Long has more than 30 years of experience in community economic development, human resources, and business management.


Dominik Mjartan is President and CEO of Optus Bank, a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and an FDIC recognized Minority Depository Institution. He joined successful entrepreneurs Chairman Mitchell and Director Loyd to build the bank into a transformational wealth building ministry that serves all people regardless where they are on their wealth building journey.  


Thomas Ogaard is Chairman, President and CEO of The Native American Bancorporation Co. and President and CEO of its subsidiary, Native American Bank, NA, both headquartered in Denver, Colorado. His experience working with Indian Tribes and Tribal leaders on development projects has helped create jobs and provided economic diversity in and around reservation communities throughout the country, including Alaska.


Joe Pigg serves as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel for Sustainable Banking and Mortgage Finance at the American Bankers Association. Since joining ABA in 1997, Mr. Pigg has provided counsel on housing, real estate finance, community and economic development, Federal Home Loan Bank and other government sponsored enterprise related issues as well as on general financial industry issues.


Donna C. Richardson is currently Senior Vice President and CRA Officer for Frost Bank, a position she has held for the past 28 years of her total 38-year career with Frost. In this position, she is a responsible for the banks corporate Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) portfolio which includes creating and setting the bank’s CRA strategy for the corporation; monitoring regional strategy with regional leadership; working with the Federal Reserve Bank and the State on CRA Exams.


Steven M. Rothstein is the founding Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets. Ceres Accelerator aims to transform the practices and policies that govern capital markets to accelerate reduction of the worst financial impacts of the climate crisis and other sustainability threats. Mr. Rothstein’s 40 years of experience will be critical to explore the most effective strategies for the Accelerator to focus on and move capital markets towards climate sustainability.


Betty J. Rudolph serves as Director, Office of Minority and Community Development Banking at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In this role, she leads the FDIC’s efforts to preserve and promote FDIC-insured Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) and support Community Development Financial Institutions by bringing together resources across the agency. These efforts include facilitating partnerships to help mission-driven banks build size, scale, and capacity to amplify the financial services they provide in serving minority, low-income, and rural communities.


Robie K. Suggs, President and CEO of Warsaw Federal Savings & Loan, is a financial services executive who oversees banking operations, planning, policies, and practices as well as a variety of other strategic objectives set forth by the Board of Directors of Warsaw Federal, a mutual bank.


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