BANK OF AMERICA'S ATLANTA MARKET PRESIDENT ON INVESTING IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

As head of Bank of America’s Atlanta region, Wendy Stewart oversees about $38 billion in Georgia-based deposits. But she is focused on more than just the business of banking.



BY CRYSTAL EDMONSON FOR THE ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE - “While Atlanta is thriving, and I love to see all the growth and development, not everyone is benefiting from that,” Stewart said on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s BIZ TV show. “I wanted to get involved with an organization that I felt like would really be able to tackle the systemic issues of poverty.”


Stewart is a member of the Grove Park Foundation board, which models its community improvement efforts on the Purpose Built Communities.


As chair of the organization’s capital campaign, she helped rally support for Grove Park’s efforts to raise $38 million. That money is helping fund a new school, Woodson Park Academy, in the west Atlanta neighborhood.


“That’s just the first phase of what is to be a lot more investment in that neighborhood,” Stewart said. “We’re just excited to see how Grove Park will be a neighborhood that is equitable and also thriving.”


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