Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit MANNA has spent decades helping to turn the burned-out shells of neighborhoods back into the vibrant communities they once were, like the historically Black Shaw neighborhood. “Before the Community Reinvestment Act, we couldn’t get a bank to look at us,’’ says the Rev. Jim Dickerson, founder and CEO of MANNA. “There were no banks lending to these neighborhoods and to the low-income people who wanted to become homeowners.” He thinks President-elect Joe Biden will have an impact on his organization. “I think we will have an ally at the White House, finally,” he says. For years, the...
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Editor Naomi Snyder is in charge of the editorial coverage at Bank Director. She oversees the magazine and the editorial team’s efforts on the Bank Director website, newsletter and special projects. She has more than two decades of experience in business journalism and spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.