Boston Communities of Color Hosts a “Dialogue on Banking”

On October 18th, Boston Communities of Color hosted a statewide community engagement initiative entitled “A Dialogue on Banking” in Roxbury.

Local bank officials from Bank of America, Berkshire Bank, Citizens Bank, Eastern Bank, OneUnited Bank and Santander joined state regulators, elected officials and community stakeholders for a great discussion.

“A Dialogue on Banking”

Hosted by Boston Communities of Color
October 18, 2017

  1. Joseph Feaster – Moderator
  2. Bishop William Dickerson – Opening prayer
  3. Thelma Burns – Welcome
  4. City Council Preident Michelle Wu – Inequities in wealth and opportunity
  5. City Councilor Ayanna Pressley- Ordinance on procurement reform in the City of Boston
  6. Charlotte Golar Richie, Moderator
  7. Assessing the success of CRA

Panel in attendance

  • US Rep Michael Capuano
  • State Rep Aaron Michlewitz
  • Rep Russell Holmes
  • Rep Evandro Cavalho
  • Boston Councilor Ayanna Pressley


  • Kevin Kiley – Mass Bankers association
  • John Skarin – policy issues
  • Esther Schlorholtz – Boston Private bank
  • Quincy Miller-Eastern Bank
  • Timothy Burrell-Citizens Bank
  • Cornelius Prioleau –Century bank
  • Teri Williams – One United Bank


  • Jeanne Pinado Madison Park
  • Perry Newman– Dorchester Bay – small business lending
  • Gail Latimore – Codman Square NDC
  • Bob Credle – Urban Edge
  • Robert Torres – Urban Edge

Mimi Turchinetz – City of Boston Office of Financial Empowerment


Bank and Other Financial Representatives Present

  • Tim Delesio – FDIC
  • Anna Steiger – Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Bonita Irving – OCC
  • Aida Franquiz – Boston Private
  • Sarah Lamite – Boston Private
  • Steve Roussell – Santander
  • Beverly Somerville – Dedham Savings

Watch Video from the Event

Questions in the Room

Marie Furman – Business-to-Business organization

19 business but does not have support for company. Feels like an outsider. Doesn’t feel heard. Strategies to listen to community businesses. Provide services to navigate good business practices.

Pricilla Flynt Banks – Banks/CDC’s help with supporting space and money to grass roots organizations.

Programs that can legally fix credits and scores. – Urban edge credit program class + Counselor . One United secured cards

Pastor Elsa –angry because of disrespect by the banks. Eastern – complain about disrespectful situations.  One untied – respect regardless of account balance. Public policy is not race based. Policy should focus on black inequality.

Rep Holmes -Information on foreclosures. Opportunities for neighbors/ neighborhood residents to purchase homes. First options for community members

Eastern – find ways to keep people from foreclosure, financial education.

BG Artist – Proper funding for community grass roots organization

Immigrant populations – Services to immigrant populations, understanding, small businesses owned by Somalia’s. Understanding with language and community sensitive services.

Madison park supports through use of Hibernian Hall and outdoor festival serving Somali residents.

What is government doing to change the general situation in the community? Reparations?

CDC/banks project, action that come out of this meeting. What happen to the interest on security deposits for real estate?

Support non-profits Grass roots, low cost loans, credit repair.

Resource for Foreclosure prevention (credit counseling)

Affordability of housing. Madison Park down payment assistance program layering with down payment assistance program.

Seniors getting assistance to live in their homes. CDC lending

Technology in smaller banks – banks have to make it easier to do banking.

Banks need to think of ways to support the way low-income communities use services. (change, small transactions).

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