HOPE Center to host a HOPE Forum on April 16th

ATLANTA – March 20, 2013 – Financial empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE today announced that Thomas Curry, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, will join HOPE Global Spokesman and Civil Rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young in Atlanta, to discuss America on Reset: The Future of Banking and What Comes Next for You, at the Operation HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer (HOPE Center) on Tuesday, April 16.   

Curry and Ambassador Young will lead a dynamic forum around the important role the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency plays to ensure that America’s Federal Banking System remains safe and sound.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of U.S. Comptroller Curry.
This event follows the February forum where FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg provided remarks and had a dialogue with the Mary Beth Walker, Dean Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. This open event will become the second HOPE Forum for the center this year.

HOPE Forums are a series of regional and national conferences hosted by HOPE to bring needed attention to the economic landscape, and raise awareness around the new civil rights issue, and the first global silver rights empowerment tool – financial literacy. Forums address the needs of local communities and stimulate discussion on the future of the industry and how best to empower underserved and under-banked communities.  
Thomas J. Curry was sworn in as the 30th Comptroller of the Currency on April 9, 2012. The U.S. Comptroller of the Currency is the administrator of national banks and chief officer of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC supervises more than 2,000 national banks and federal savings associations and about 50 federal branches and agencies of foreign banks in the United States. These institutions comprise nearly two-thirds of the assets of the commercial banking system. The Comptroller also is a director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and NeighborWorks® America. 
Prior to becoming U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, Mr. Curry served as a Director of the FDIC since January 2004, and as the Chairman of the NeighborWorks® America Board of Directors. 
Prior to joining the FDIC’s Board of Directors, Mr. Curry served five Massachusetts Governors as the Commonwealth's Commissioner of Banks from 1990 to 1991 and from 1995 to 2003. He served as Acting Commissioner from February 1994 to June 1995. He previously served as First Deputy Commissioner and Assistant General Counsel within the Massachusetts Division of Banks. He entered state government in 1982 as an attorney with the Massachusetts’ Secretary of State’s Office. 
Mr. Curry served as the Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors from 2000 to 2001, and served two terms on the State Liaison Committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, including a term as Committee chairman. 
He is a graduate of Manhattan College (summa cum laude), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the New England School of Law.
In helping banks and thrifts to be leaders in community development finance, the OCC's Community Affairs Department conducts outreach and develops publications to help national banks and federal savings associations to provide financial services to underserved markets.
To learn how you can participate in the dialogue or attend the forum, click here. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Click here to register for the free event.

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