Derek Cohen | President, Bank of America Coastal North Carolina
Hear from Derek Cohen, President of Bank of America Coastal North Carolina, about our role in keeping Coastal North Carolina moving forward.
I'm proud to work for a company that prioritizes communities that are most in need. It feels great to be part of making lives better, not just for today, but for generations to come.
We are committed to helping our communities thrive - dedicating our resources to address the issues that matter most in each community where we live and work.
We’re committed to supporting our employees’ health and safety and to addressing our local communities’ most critical needs. That’s why we donated $100 to local hunger-relief organizations for each Bank of America employee in the U.S. who let us know they’ve received a booster shot.
Through this effort, our team in Coastal North Carolina recently presented Foodbank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington with a check for $25,000Footnote*. We’re proud to be able to help our community as we work together to move forward.
The Northside of downtown Wilmington, NC has faced some tough times, including high rates of youth violence compounded by persistent poverty. To combat both, Voyage, a nonprofit that was founded in 2008 as the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence, offers a summer training, internship and employment program to local high school students. The program is designed to start and keep students on a career path by surrounding them with counselors and mentors.
At Bank of America, we’re committed to addressing the root causes of inequality through a company-wide commitment to advancing racial equality and economic opportunity across diverse communities. We are doing this by building upon our existing efforts and leveraging our strengths: creating more affordable housing and expanding home ownership, increasing lending and support to minority-owned small businesses, championing job training and career readiness and addressing health disparities like access to care. We also know we can’t solve these challenges alone, so we’re partnering with other corporations, local nonprofits and community leaders across the country who share our vision for creating meaningful change.