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Hancock Whitney Names Community Development Advisory Council Members

Team of top leaders to guide bank in creating more opportunities for underserved communities


GULFPORT, Mississippi (December 13, 2023)—Hancock Whitney –one of America’s strongest, safest banks—has named some of the Gulf South’s most accomplished and influential housing, small business, economic development, and media professionals to the bank’s Community Development Advisory Council. The 15-member council provides guidance and advice to help the bank recognize and develop new opportunities furthering financial and economic health for individuals, businesses, communities, and other stakeholders.

“The Hancock Whitney Community Development Advisory Council comprises an energized group of business and community leaders who will play a key role in charting our region’s economic future,” said Hancock Whitney Vice-President, Community Development Programs, Ashley Aubrey Harrison. “Their deep knowledge of the challenges some of our communities face for affordable housing, small-business growth, and economic stability will be invaluable to our ongoing efforts. Their expertise will help us understand how we can facilitate solutions that empower individuals, families, and businesses to build and protect a more secure financial future and a better quality of life.”

Newly appointed council members include

  • Sylvia Alvarez, Housing & Education Alliance, Founder and CEO
  • Rebecca Byrne; The Community Foundation of South Alabama, President and CEO
  • Irvin “PeDro” Cohen; Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Jacksonville, Executive Director
  • Rip Daniels, JZ 94.5, CEO and Host
  • David Francis, Verite News, Executive Director
  • Angel Greer, Coastal Family Health Center, CEO
  • Calvin Mackie, STEMNOLA, President and CEO
  • Mike Manning, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, President and CEO
  • Monica Medina, Austin Housing Conservancy, President
  • Judy Reese Morse, Urban League of Louisiana, President and CEO
  • Sharon Nicholls, Small Business Development Center, Mississippi State Director
  • Mayra Pineda, Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO
  • Linda Toyota, LIFTFUND Texas, VP Community Engagement Development
  • Melvin Washington; Small Business Development Center, Alabama Director
  • Renee Wilson, National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), Executive Director

About Hancock Whitney

Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, and Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; healthcare banking; and mortgage services. The company also operates loan production offices in the  greater metropolitan areas of Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. More information is available at www.hancockwhitney.com.