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Program | MDI Partnership Summit

Come find out how you can support wealth creation and economic opportunity for all Americans. Through tactical discussions and networking opportunities, delve into best practices for forging mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between MDIs and larger banks.

2025 Program

We’re working on this event’s program. To see the types of session you can expect, check out the 2024 program.

2024 Program

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1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

MDIAC Board Meeting (Invitation Only)

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

MDI Partnership Summit Reception


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Welcome Remarks

Nicole Elam, President and CEO, National Bankers Association

Thomas Ogaard, President and CEO, Native American Bank

8:20 AM - 9:05 AM

Capitalizing on Potential: MDI Opportunities in Climate Lending and EPA Programs

MDIs and their partners are key to ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged communities benefit equitably from investments in infrastructure and green energy projects — such as the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Learn to utilize impactful climate-focused initiatives for your communities.

  • Monica Copeland, MDI Network Director, Inclusiv
  • Lenwood V. Long, Sr., President/CEO, African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs
  • Steven M. Rothstein, Managing Director, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, CERES
  • Moderator: Nicole Elam, President and CEO, National Bankers Association

9:05 AM - 9:25 AM

The Future of Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs)

This conference session offers an in-depth discussion with federal banking agency leadership regarding the current MDI landscape, the future of MDI banks, and the resources and regulations that impact bank partnerships with MDIs.

  • André King, Assistant Deputy Comptroller, OCC
  • Betty Rudolph, Director, Office of Minority and Community Development Banking, FDIC
  • Moderator: Dominik Mjartan, President and CEO, Optus Bank

9:25 AM - 9:45 AM

Fireside Chat: Exploring Unique Capital and Deposit Opportunities

This session features inspiring success stories of innovative practices and partnerships that exemplify the potential benefits of effective partnerships between MDIs and non-MDI banks.

  • Staci Glenn Short, SVP, Community Development Program Director, Huntington Bank
  • Robie K. Suggs – President & CEO Warsaw Federal
  • Moderator: Christopher Lewis, Vice President, MDI/CDFI, Office of Strategic Engagement, American Bankers Association

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bridging Horizons:Matchmaking Forum for Strategic Partnerships

Embark on a unique opportunity for collaboration as we present a session designed to foster meaningful connections between Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) and larger financial institutions. Not your typical matchmaking session on Valentine’s Day.

Comprised of four 25-minute, 1-on-1 meetings, this session is your chance to engage with large and midsize banks, explore partnership opportunities and see if there’s a match. You might just leave with a new partner.

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Working Lunch: FHLB Affordable Housing Programs

As the deficit of affordable housing has continued to increase, innovative grant financing solutions are crucial to addressing the issue. The Federal Home Loan Bank will share information about its Affordable Housing Program, including the funds available for down-payment assistance and the funds available for development of multifamily and single-family affordable housing. The session will include examples of how banks have successfully deployed AHP funds in the communities they serve.

  • ShaDonte Butler, Community Investment Relationship Manager, FHLB Atlanta
  • Bruce Hatton, Community Marketing and Outreach Manager, FHLB Dallas
  • Donna C. Richardson, Senior Vice President and CRA Officer, Frost Bank
  • Moderator: Joe Pigg, Senior Vice President, ESG & Mortgage Finance, American Bankers Association

Sponsored by: Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and Federal Home Loan Bankof Dallas

12:50 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Christopher Lewis, Vice President, MDI/CDFI, Office of Strategic Engagement, American Bankers Association
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