Can Black and Brown Banks Compete in a Digital Economy?

A Juneteenth Forum on the Future of Inclusion

IIEL is delighted to welcome leaders from our nation’s policy, technology and banking communities to join Georgetown Law and the Black Economic Alliance for a conversation on Can Black and Brown Banks Compete in a Digital Economy? This virtual event will be facilitated with the Brookings Institution as our Knowledge Partner.



Technology has become an essential tool for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), and yet CDFIs and MDIs have historically been unable to secure and operate technology tailored to their needs and enabling them to scale and serve their communities fully.

The forum will serve as the first in a series of cutting-edge programs, culminating in Washington’s annual Fintech Week conference, designed to tackle longstanding obstacles of financial inclusion and access.

Confirmed Regulatory Keynotes:

Sherrod Brown, Chairman, Senate Banking Committee

Michael Hsu, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Jelena McWilliams, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Cecilia Rouse, Chair, Council of Economic Advisors, Executive Office of the President

Mark Warner, Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee

Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, House Financial Services Committee

Other Speakers and Panelists:

Aurelio Aleman-Bermudez, Chief Executive Officer, First Bancorp/Puerto Rico

Manuel Alvarez, Commissioner, California Department of Business Oversight, California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

Marla Blow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Skoll Foundation

David G. Clunie, Executive Director, Black Economic Alliance

Dominique Harrison, Director, Technology Policy Program, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Aaron Klein, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings

Melissa Koide, CEO and Director, FinRegLab

Noel Andrés Poyo, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Economic Development, Office of Domestic Finance, U.S. Department of the Treasury

John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, Co-CEO and CIO, Ariel Investments

Kayla Sanders, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Remy

Everett Sands, Chief Executive Officer, Lendistry

Robert Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vista Equity Partners

You can find the full conference agenda here.

We thank VISA for their generous support of this event.

The event is finished.


Jun 15 2021


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *