John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, and chairman of the Subcommittee for the Underserved and Community Empowerment of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability (PACFC), addresses the District of Columbia Financial Literacy Council's third meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Washington, D.C.    

Bryant applauded the work of the DC Local Council and shared with them the progress being made by the federal Council, chaired by businessman John Rogers, and updated the group on the now more than 110 U.S. cities that have commitments to start a local financial literacy council.  The District Of Columbia Financial Literacy Council Chairperson Ms. Tamar Haye-Daufour acknowledged the PACFC and the on-the-ground work of Operation HOPE, and made a special request for Mr. Bryant to speak.

The District of Columbia Local Council is but one example of the very real progress being made by the Obama Administration and President Obama in making financial literacy and financial capability very real in our nation, and embedded values in the American free enterprise system.  

A special thank you to the National Conference of Black Mayors, and its director Vanessa Williams, in their leadership around encouraging Local Financial Literacy Councils.

Onward and with HOPE,


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.   Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital. 



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