Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

The mission of the NJBankers Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is to cultivate a more inclusive banking community by providing our members with resources and programming on issues with respect to race, gender, gender identities, sexual orientation and disabilities. We are committed to promoting values that achieve more equitable outcomes. 

To learn more about NJBankers DEI initiatives, please contact Jessica Jakobson at jjakobson@njbankers.com 

Upcoming DEI Events and Programs
https://www.njbankers.com/CM2Point0/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=DEIOCT 


NJBankers Diversity Calendar
https://www.diversityresources.com/aa_gsr/grid-new2.php?key=paxk7fgNucTF


DEI Council Members
Alycia Banks, Training & Development Officer, Columbia Bank
Alethea Batts, SVP Learning and Organization Development, Chief Diversity Officer, Lakeland Bank
Lavette Bobbitt, AVP, HR Business Partner, Talent Development Team Lead, Northfield Bank
Erica A. Connor, AVP, Human Resources Manager, Manasquan Bank
Michael Dove, Finance & Accounting Assistant, First Bank

Brydget Falk-Drigan, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Michelle Foster, Human Resources Director, Magyar Bank
Damien Ghee, Regional Vice President, SVP, TD Bank
Karen Hackes, VP, HR Assistant Director, Blue Foundry Bank 
Steven Klein, President & CEO, Northfield Bank
Mary Kay Malec, Senior Vice President, Human Resource Officer, First Commerce Bank
Tammy G Mata, SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Valley National Bank
Silvia Merino-Topley, VP Senior Lending Compliance Analyst, Kearny Bank
Xavia Mitchell, First Vice President, Sr. HR and Diversity Business Partner, Provident Bank
Anna Marie Miller, SVP, Chief Human Resources Manager, The Bank of Princeton
Donna Redmond, 1st VP, Employee Relations Executive Senior, New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
Elaine Rizzo, EVP, Human Resources and Learning Officer, Investors Bank
Anthony Santiago, Corporate Recruiter, Cross River Bank
Chevonese Wilson, VP, M&T Bank

Ex-Officio Members
Michael P. Affuso, Esq., Executive Vice President/Director of Government Relations, New Jersey Bankers Association
Matthew Cooney, CEO, Bankers Cooperative Group
John E. McWeeney, Jr. President & CEO, New Jersey Bankers Association

NJBankers Liaison
Jessica Jakobson, Vice President/Manager of Member Experiences, New Jersey Bankers Association

Resources

Inclusive Leadership with Carla Harris: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WchN8lnkh0g&feature=youtu.be

Diversity Programs that Get Results, Harvard Business Review:  
https://hbr.org/2016/07/why-diversity-programs-fail

Six DEI Resolutions Your Company Should Commit To, Forbes:  
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2020/12/23/6-dei-resolutions-your-company-should-commit-to-in-2021/?sh=6869f3295da8

How to Strengthen Inclusive Leadership in Times of Crisis, EY:
https://www.ey.com/en_us/diversity-inclusiveness/inclusive-leadership-in-times-of-crisis