With special thank you to our outgoing board chairwoman Julia Brown, who did a great job in this position, we are today extremely pleased to announce that Mr. Julius E. Robinson, Executive Vice President and Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Union Bank, joins the Operation HOPE Northwest Board of Directors, assuming the position of incoming Board Chairman.
Julius Robinson has thirty-three years of comprehensive banking experience and a thorough knowledge of sales management, marketing, residential lending, commercial and consumer lending, retail, private banking, community development and CRA and diversity.
Julius began his banking career in 1976 with San Diego Trust & Savings Bank starting as a teller and throughout the next 20 years has built his career with principal financial institutions such as Crocker Bank, Union Bank, 1st Nationwide Bank, Chase Manhattan, and Home Savings of America.
In 1996 Julius founded Greenview Consulting, a management-consulting firm dedicated to providing consultative services to financial institutions and coaching top performing bankers in the areas of sales and business development techniques, performance management, strategic planning, and technology implementation.
Ironically, in 1997 it was through this consulting venture that he returned to Union Bank of California consulting with UBOC’s Retail Banking Group. Later that year, Julius joined the bank as Vice President and Region Manager leading 18 Bay Area branches. In September 1999 Julius was promoted to Senior Vice President and given an expanded regional territory overseeing 37 branches, the largest territory of branches in the bank at that time. Seven years later, Julius was promoted to the position of Market President with oversight of the bank’s entire retail branch banking, small business lending, cash management services and branch operations in Northern and Central California.
In 2009, Julius received a new assignment as Deputy Group Head for Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group which oversees CRA Requirements, Community Outreach, Philanthropy, Environmental Policies and Diversity issues. Effective January 2010, Julius assumed full management and oversight of the CSR Group.
Julius received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 in International Relations and Economics from United States International University at San Diego and Mexico City, D.F. In 2003 Julius completed the elite 3-year postgraduate program through the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, Seattle. He returned for a 4th year as a member of a select group of distinguished alumni at the request of the program’s executive Director and CEO.
Julius E. Robinson also serves on the board of directors for the United Negro College Fund, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Center for Economic Development, Bayview Hunters Points Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT), Students Rising Above (a scholastic and outreach program for disadvantaged youth), and the Board of Trustees for Alliant International University.
Julius was the 2009 Bay Area Chair for the American Heart Association, the 2007 Honoree
Honored by the council of 101 Black Men as community leader and role model to the community, and the 2006 Honoree receiving the Whitney Young Award for meritorious service to the community.
Operation HOPE is indeed extremely honored to have one such as Julius Robinson amongst our us. He is also a new personal friend, and there is no doubt he will do an incredible job — helping th lift up countless thounsands along the way.
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.