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KeyBank names 22 to Buffalo Advisory Council

KeyBank has formed a National Advisory Council to oversee the company's planned $16.5 billion investment in the communities where it does business.

The voluntary council is comprised of different community leaders in KeyBank's markets. Thomas Keily, consumer education and data coordinator at the Western New York Law Center, will represent the Buffalo market.

The bank's National Community Benefits plan aims to strengthen communities by helping to provide sound affordable housing as well as lending to small businesses, farms and low-to-moderate income communities. It was developed with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a Washington, D.C. non-profit comprised of community groups that work together to maximize community investment.

KeyBank has named an additional 22 people to its Buffalo Advisory Council to help guide the National Community Benefits plan locally. The group includes representatives from a diverse collection of community organizations, including the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, PUSH Buffalo, the United Way and Belmont Housing Resources.

They include:

  • Michael Riegel, president, Belmont Housing Resources of WNY
  • Thomas Applin, director of development, Salvation Army of Buffalo
  • Dennis Walczyk, CEO, Catholic Charities of Buffalo
  • Sue Bissonette, executive director, Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc.
  • Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Eva Hassett, executive director, International Institute of Buffalo
  • Lawrence Cook, vice president, John R. Oishei Foundation
  • Steven Halpern, attorney, Western New York Law Center
  • Aaron Bartley, executive director, PUSH Buffalo
  • Ben Bissell, executive director, Westminster Economic Development Initiative
  • Michael Weiner, president & CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Brenda McDuffie, CEO, Buffalo Urban League
  • Thomas Lynch, president & CEO, Goodwill of Western New York
  • Eugenio Russi, executive director, Hispanics United of Buffalo
  • Michael Clarke, executive director, LISC Buffalo
  • Marlies Wesolowski, executive director, Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY
  • David Rust, executive director, Say Yes to Education
  • Michael Martin, executive director, Native American Community Services
  • Connie Brown, CEO, United Way of Greater Niagara
  • Jonathon Ling, business development, PathStone
  • Whitney Walker, executive director, VOICE Buffalo
  • Kathleen Granchelli, executive director, YWCA of the Niagara Frontier

Key will direct about $5.8 billion of the $16.5 billion in the plan to markets where Key and First Niagara combined their operations, after Key acquired First Niagara last summer. The agreement was part of Key's plan to address community concerns about the acquisition's impact.  The plan's purpose is to bring banking products and services to underserved and low- to moderate-income communities.




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