As Chairman and Founder of Operation HOPE, I am very pleased to report that the full Operation HOPE Global Board of Directors has recently confirmed Ms. Nandita Bakhshi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West, by unanimous vote to join the HOPE Global Board of Directors. Ms. Bakhshi is the first ever CEO of a Big 25 U.S. bank who happens to also be an Indian female. What an inspiration.
A strong and accomplished leader with a history of banking, financial services and general business leadership success to her credit, Nandita was born in India, and in 2015 was recognized as one of the "25 Women to Watch" by the American Banker.
Bank of the West is an important and long term partner in the work of Operation HOPE, with HOPE Inside locations in Oakland, California, Southern California, and most recently in Colorado. The Bank of the West and Operation HOPE location in Oakland has served as one the core models for the new HOPE Inside program tied to Project 5117. Bank of the West is also involved in our youth empowerment work, and our engagement continues to grow.
Here is a link to more background on Nandita Bakhshi.
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Operation HOPE