Union Bank, N.A. today announced that Julius Robinson, executive vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility has been appointed to Operation HOPE’s Northwest Board of Directors as Chairman. The Northwest Operation HOPE Board of Directors guides HOPE’s mission to expand economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment in the region. Robinson will serve a three-year term.
“I am honored to lead a talented group of individuals who are dedicated to helping Operation HOPE fulfill its mission of bringing financial education to underserved communities and making a difference in people’s lives,” said Robinson. “Having been involved with Operation HOPE for many years, it is so gratifying to see how financial education is really helping to empower children and adults to help build the foundation for thriving and sustainable communities.”
A long-time supporter of Operation HOPE, Union Bank was one of the first financial institutions in 1992 to create adult and youth financial education and services for underserved communities. Union Bank has supported Operation HOPE by providing grants, teaching HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program, and providing HOPE Corps volunteers. In addition, Union Bank was the first national sponsor of the FIVE MILLION KIDS initiative, a program designed to make kids money smart.
Robinson has more than 30 years of banking experience. He currently serves as the head of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility group where he manages the bank’s community development efforts, serves as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer, and as the chairman and chief executive of the Union Bank Foundation. Robinson is also responsible for the bank’s Community Advisory Board and oversees the bank’s environmental stewardship efforts.
Robinson first joined Union Bank in 1983 and then returned to the company in 1997 as a vice president and regional manager. He was promoted to market president in 2006, responsible for the bank’s then 120-branch network in the Central Valley, Central Coast and Northern California. Previously, Robinson has held positions with San Diego Trust & Savings, Crocker Bank, Chase Manhattan, and Home Savings of America.
Active in the community, Robinson serves as Vice Chairman on the board of Students Rising Above, an organization that helps low-income high school students go to college. He is on the board of the MoAD Museum of African Diaspora, a dynamic, world class institution for the study and exhibitions, the culture, history and art of people of African descent within the United States and throughout the world. Robinson also serves on the board of trustees for Alliant International University, a private not-for-profit institution that prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership in psychology, education, business, law, and forensic studies. He served as the 2009 Bay Area Chair for the American Heart Association.
Honored for his community service, Robinson received the Fredrick D. Patterson award as “Individual of the Year” from the United Negro College Fund in 2010; was named by the council of 101 Black Men as a leader and role model to the community in 2007; and received the Whitney Young Award from the Boy Scouts for meritorious service to the community in 2006. He was the keynote speaker for the 2008 Graduating Class of Alliant International University.
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Julius Robinson – Operation HOPE Northwest Board of Directors Chairman
Robinson received his bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics from the United States International University, and completed the post-graduate program with Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington, Seattle.
To learn more about Union Bank’s commitment to communities, visit www.unionbank.com/community and to find out more about Operation HOPE and its programs, visit www.operationhope.org.