Jack Lew

Operation HOPE and I are deeply honored to host U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew as our lead keynote speaker for our HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting 2016 for Operation HOPE, in Atlanta, Georgia.

This builds on the announcement ceremony last week, renaming the Freedman’s Bank Building in Washington, D.C., where HOPE Global Spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, HOPE Award Recipient Rev. C.T. Vivian and I joined Secretary Lew for a private lunch, a substantive policy brainstorming session, and the ceremony in the Cash Room at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

JHB and Secretary Jack Lew

The renaming of the former U.S. Treasury Annex Building was inspired by a request from Operation HOPE, as we see our work around Project 5117 and HOPE Inside as a direct extension of President Lincoln’s vision for his Freedman’s Bank, which was later run by abolitionist and businessman Frederick Douglass.

As President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union Address this evening in Washington, D.C, Treasury Secretary Lew’s speech in Atlanta will be his first post SOTU speech anywhere in the nation, and will be his first major policy speech on and around financial inclusion.

Along with Secretary Lew, we are honored to also welcome 10 additional Obama Administration Cabinet and Sub-Cabinet Members, led by HUD Secretary Julian Castro and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, who will also speak and present at the Annual Meeting. A complete press release detailing them and their engagement can be found here.

A special thank you to these and other Federal Government officials:

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (please note we have other treasury officials speaking) 

U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro (please note we have other HUD officials speaking) 

U.S. SBA Administrator Maria Contreas Sweet (please note we have other SBA officials speaking)

U.S. General Services Administration Administrator Denise Roth

U.S. Economic Development Administration Assistant Secretary Jay Williams

U.S. Commerce Department Minority Business Development Administration Director Alejandra Castillo

U.S. Commerce Department Patent & Trade Administration Under-Secretary & Director Michelle K.


Five Senior Officials from Federal Agencies participating as presenters:

U.S. Social Security Administration Associate Commissioner J. Jioni Palmer

U.S. Treasury Office of Comptroller Of The Currency Deputy Comptroller For Community Affairs Barry Wides

U.S. Treasury IRS Deputy Commissioner For Wage & Investment Division David Alito

U.S. EPA Regional EnergyStar Program Manager Danny Orlando

U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Of Atlanta Senior Advisor Sameera Fazilli 


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