Cooperative and Community Development Advocate John Holdsclaw IV Named to Global Communities Board of Trustees

Silver Spring, Maryland (September 27, 2019) – Global Communities today announced the appointment of John Holdsclaw IV, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at the National Cooperative Bank, to its Board of Trustees. National Cooperative Bank (NCB) is a leading financial institution dedicated to providing banking solutions to cooperatives, their members and socially responsible organizations nationwide.

Mr. Holdsclaw currently serves on the Board of Directors of the national Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Coalition, Self Help Venture Fund, Carolina Small Business Development Fund, and the Charleston Citywide Local Development Corp. He was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He has received the Capital Impact Partners Award for Outstanding Corporate Achievement and its Business Impact Award. Recently, Mr. Holdsclaw received NCB's Stanley W. Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award, bestowed annually to those who live and work with the spirit of cooperative principles.

Prior to joining NCB, Mr. Holdsclaw worked as director of policy and development at Capital Impact Partners, a nationally certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) where he developed and implemented the organization’s first public policy strategy. In addition, John, a Head Start child himself, worked at the National Head Start Association as grassroots coordinator and associate director of its government affairs division.

The association is the only national organization dedicated solely to Head Start that promotes school readiness of children under five from low-income families.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Holdsclaw to the Board of Global Communities,” said Global Communities President & CEO David A. Weiss. “His stellar background as an advocate for America’s cooperatives and their members, especially in low-income communities, will be a tremendous asset to the Global Communities Board of Trustees, as will his deep experience at NCB in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”

Global Communities’ Chairman of the Board, Governor Richard F. Celeste, added “The Global Communities Board of Trustees looks forward to working with Mr. Holdsclaw given his extraordinary background in providing innovative financial service to vulnerable communities.”

Mr. Holdsclaw joins the Board of Trustees as the new term commences with incoming Board Chair Governor Richard Celeste; Vice Chair Nancy Roman, President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthy America;  Secretary Hillary Thomas-Lake, Ph.D., the founder and CEO of the Washington-based international development consulting firm HillTop Development Strategies; Treasurer Peter Woicke, former President of the International Finance Corporation; and Rudy Cline-Thomas, Founder and Managing Partner of Mastry Inc.

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