This year Bank of the West announced a new Community Ambassador role that embeds a full-time team member within a nonprofit for one year.
The position builds on the bank’s strategy to advance cross-sector collaboration with the nonprofit industry by sharing knowledge, community networks and professional skills, and also to gain deeper insights on ways for-profit and community entities can collaborate more effectively to achieve greater social impact.
“The bank’s Community Ambassador represents a powerful way to help nonprofits implement programs that advance the economic well-being of individuals and families, which is central to our commitment to community,” said Michelle Di Gangi, Executive Vice President over Small and Medium-Size Enterprise Banking at Bank of the West and JVS Board Member. “We place enormous value on the experience that our Community Ambassador will gain in the nonprofit sector. Their insights will inform our ongoing work to make a positive and lasting impact in the communities we serve.”
JVS San Francisco was the first nonprofit host for the Bank’s Community Ambassador. During the year, the Ambassador focused on strategic support of BankWork$, a free eight-week program offered by JVS that prepares job seekers for entry-level banking positions in the financial services industry.
“Despite economic abundance in the Bay Area, many people are still being left behind,” said Abby Snay, Executive Director of JVS. “With uninterrupted access to the Bank’s Community Ambassador, JVS has a dedicated resource supporting our mission of helping unemployed or underemployed individuals develop in-demand skills, make connections and get good jobs.”
Congratulations Bank of the West!