Washington, DC – On March 29 at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC) 2017 Annual Conference, “Creating a Just Economy,” NCRC presented its National Achievement Awards and honored leaders in expanding fair access to financial services. The awards ceremony featured remarks from Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, who was also an award winner, and John Taylor, NCRC’s President and CEO. The Master of Ceremonies was Robert Dickerson, Jr., Chair of NCRC’s Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Birmingham Business Resource Center.
“NCRC is proud to honor leaders in the field of economic justice with our National Achievement Awards,” said Taylor. “This year’s winners have done outstanding work to advance community reinvestment, and our National Awards Dinner is the perfect opportunity to recognize them.”
The recipients of the 2017 National Achievement Awards are:
Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for the Representative Henry B. Gonzalez Award
The Representative Henry B. Gonzalez Award recognizes the most outstanding government official/agency, member of Congress, or for-profit firm that forges the most effective partnerships with community non-profits and assists them in helping traditionally underserved people build wealth and economic opportunity.
Shelley Sheehy, Development Consultant, River Cities Development Services; Former Member, NCRC Board of Directors, for the Representative James Leach Lifetime Achievement Award
The Representative James Leach Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the rural non-profit organization or individual who best promotes fair and equal access to credit and capital and contributes the most in their community toward promoting wealth building in traditionally underserved populations.
Moises Loza, Executive Director, Housing Assistance Council; Member, NCRC Board of Directors, for the Senator William Proxmire Lifetime Achievement Award
The Senator William Proxmire Award recognizes the individual whose life’s work exemplifies the spirit and work of Senator Proxmire’s contributions to economic mobility. Senator Proxmire was the author and lead sponsor of the Community Reinvestment Act.
The National Community Reinvestment Award was presented to community advocacy groups that participated in securing Community Benefits Agreements from KeyBank, Huntington Bancshares, Inc., and Fifth Third Bancorp.
The National Community Reinvestment Award honors the individuals or organizations that through their work over the past year have best exemplified the ideals and values of the community reinvestment movement and economic justice.
Accepting the award and speaking on behalf of these groups were:
Sr. Barbara Busch, Executive Director, Working in Neighborhoods
Catherine Crosby, Executive Director, City of Dayton Human Relations Council; Member, NCRC Board of Directors
Thomas Kelly, Consumer Data and Research Coordinator, Western New York Law Center
NCRC and its grassroots member organizations create opportunities for people to build wealth. We work with community leaders, policymakers and financial institutions to champion fairness in banking, housing and business development.