Kevin Cohee is the owner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank and the first Black owned internet bank in America. In the aftermath of the protest against police brutality in 2016, Mr. Cohee created and spearheaded the Bank Black movement resulting in Black people transferring tens of millions of dollars into Black owned banks as a form of social protest.
OneUnited Bank was established by unifying several community banks across the country: Founders National Bank and Family Savings Bank in Los Angeles, People National Bank in Miami and Boston Bank of Commerce. Respectively, these banks have tenaciously served many neglected urban communities in America. By unifying these banks, OneUnited Bank has built the foundation to solve the longstanding problem of access to capital in inner city communities.
Through Mr. Cohee’s visionary leadership, OneUnited Bank has exceeded industry averages year after year regarding asset growth and profitability. From 1996 to the present, OneUnited assets have grown from $56 million to over $650 million. The Bank has consistently been profitable and achieved a compound growth rate on its common equity of over 35%.
OneUnited Bank has been designated by the United States Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The Bank has received the Bank Enterprise Award (BEA), the highest award offered by the United States government for community development for ten years.
A successful business executive and entrepreneur for almost 20 years, Mr. Cohee founded a consulting firm in 1979 specializing in acquisition of radio and television stations by minorities. After obtaining his JD/MBA in 1985, Mr. Cohee became an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Inc.
By 1988, through a leveraged buyout, Mr. Cohee acquired Military Professional Services, Inc. (MPS), a 29-year old company that marketed Visa and MasterCard credit cards to military personnel. Mr. Cohee successfully turned MPS into a profitable company with a $40 million portfolio and 20,000 customers. By 1993, Mr. Cohee sold the assets of MPS achieving significant financial benefit from the transaction.
Mr. Cohee purchased a majority controlling interest in Boston Bank of Commerce in 1995 – when the Bank was experiencing financial difficulties. Mr. Cohee was elected Chairman and CEO in 1996 and has since spearheaded the Bank’s growth and profitability.
Mr. Cohee is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin; where he was a 4-year letterman in football. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and has received numerous awards for his business and community achievements and contributions.
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Teri Williams is President and Chief Operating Officer of OneUnited Bank. She is responsible for implementation of the Bank’s strategic initiatives, as well as the day to day operations of the bank. These operational areas include all retail branches, marketing, compliance, lending, information technology, customer support, legal, and human resources.
Under her leadership, OneUnited Bank has consolidated the local names and product offerings of four (4) banks to create a powerful national brand supported by innovative products and services. She believes the financial services industry has not connected with urban communities to fully support economic development and wealth building. OneUnited Bank can serve as a bridge by offering affordable financial services for all and financial workshops. She brings 30 years of financial services expertise from premier institutions such as Bank of America and American Express, where she was one of the youngest Vice Presidents. Ms. Williams holds an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard University and a B.A. with distinctions from Brown University.
She has served as Treasurer of Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, MA for over 5 years. She currently serves on the Boards of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) where she serves as Treasurer and the 79th Street Corridor Initiative in Miami Florida. Ms. Williams is author of I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me About Money (Beckham Publishing) a financial literacy book for urban youth. Ms. Williams has received numerous notations and awards for her contribution to urban communities including from the Urban League, NAACP and the National Black MBA Association.
John L. Sims, is Vice Chairman of OneUnited Bank. Mr. Sims is President of John L. Sims Consulting which is a successful and widely recognized leader with extensive worldwide experience in strategic planning and business operations.
With over 30 years of corporate management expertise, he has held senior executive positions at WFD, South Africa Free Elections Fund and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Sims is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Freedom House in Boston, Chair of the Finance Committee of the National Urban league and Chair of Board of Trustees for Cambridge College.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of ABW Manufacturing Company, American Society for Training and Development, Roxbury Community College foundation and the Bay State Skills Corporation. He was named by Black Enterprise as one of the top 25 Black Executives. He is a recipient of a NAACP Image Award and the National Urban League Achievement Award. Mr. Sims earned a BS degree from Delaware State University.
Richard D. Carr, D.D.S., a practicing pedodontist for over 23 years has established one of most successful dental practices in Boston. Carr & Associates provides a wide range of dental services including pedodontics, endodontics, orthodontics and general dentistry. In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Carr is a Clinical Professor of Pedodontics at Boston University School of Dental Medicine.
Prior to private practice, Dr. Carr practiced at Boston University and the Roxbury Medical and Dental Group. He was also the Coordinator of Pedodontic Services at Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Massachusetts and currently serves on the Council of Dental Care of the Massachusetts Dental Society. Dr. Carr is a graduate of Lincoln University, University of Missouri, Meharry Medical College and Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry.
Deloris Pettis, MBA, CIA, CRMA, is a C suite executive with broad experience in audit, general management and risk management across the public and private sectors and in higher education. She is currently contracted as CFO for Quality Interactions, a leading provider of health care cultural competency training. Deloris previously served as the VP for Enterprise Risk Management at Northeastern University where she was responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide enterprise risk management program. Her work led to the effective incorporation of risk analysis with university strategy and stronger governance practices.
Earlier Deloris served for thirteen years in roles of increasing responsibility at Harvard University. As Director of Risk Management and Audit Services where she chaired Harvard’s international projects committee. As Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration, Deloris was accountable for a portfolio of over $600MM of federally sponsored awards; and as Director of the $70 million PEPFAR (AIDS) program transition initiative at the School of Public Health.
Deloris held audit leadership positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Barone & Associates; and held financial and compliance roles at the Bank of Boston. Deloris began her career in public accounting at KPMG.
Deloris earned her MBA in accounting from Tulane University and has a BSc in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).
Deloris is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. In addition, Deloris serves on the Board of Directors of OneUnited Bank and as Audit Committee Chair; Board of Directors of Boston Urban League, President of Newton Chapter Jack and Jill and a Town Meeting Member for the Town of Framingham.
Leander J. Foley , a Partner in and the Managing Director of the Washington, DC firm of Moss, McGee, Bradley, & Foley.
Mr. Foley represents various client interests on behalf of the firm including: minority banking, housing, community and rural develop, community services, disability issues, small and disadvantaged business, education, migrant labor and civil rights. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Foley served in a variety of positions in Washington including as an advisor to the Carter White House, chief assistant to a Cabinet level official, and as a professional staff member of two U.S. Senate Committees.
George A. Russell, Jr., with more than 35 years of experience in banking and finance, retired on December 31, 2013. Mr. Russell was executive vice president and director of Corporate Citizenship for State Street Corporation, and chairman and CEO of the State Street Foundation. He was responsible for State Street’s philanthropic and community support programs worldwide. Mr. Russell also served as treasurer and chief financial officer of the City of Boston; and president and CEO of Freedom National Bank of New York.
Mr. Russell has received numerous awards and recognitions including an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Massachusetts and the Chancellors Award for Longstanding Community Commitment. Most recently, he received the “Living Legend” award from the Museum of African American History, “the Family Legacy” award from Family Services of Greater Boston, and the “Corporate Leadership” award from the N.A.A.C.P. ~ Boston Branch.
Mr. Russell currently serves on the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board. He is past board chairman of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and the Financial Services Academy. Mr. Russell is a graduate of Clark University and received his MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Leon Wilson is a Managing Director of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, an organization that provides a wide range of consulting services to the not for profit sector. He also has over 35 years experience in the banking sector.
Prior to serving at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Mr. Wilson served as general Partner at Capital City Ventures, and Bank of America as a Mid Market Asset Division Manager. Mr. Wilson also served as Managing Director of the Emerging Markets Division of the GMAC Corporation. He Worked with Fleet Financial Group and served in multiple positions in Bank of Boston including Chairman of First Community Bank.
Mr. Wilson earned his B.S. from Boston University, graduated from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Retail Banking Management, and attended the Program for Management Development from Harvard Business School.