Notes from 10/25 Small Business Committee

November 28, 2018

In case you missed the October 25th Small Business Lending Committee meeting, a brief summary and links to meeting materials are included below: 1) MCBC’s Small Business Lending Committee (SBC) is looking for a committee co-chair to represent community organizations and CDFIs in the Commonwealth. Inquiries about the role and responsibility as well as the […]

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Notes from 10/23 Mortgage Lending Committee

November 26, 2018

In case you missed the October 23rd Mortgage Lending Committee Meeting, a brief summary and links to meeting materials are included here. 1) Gonzalo Puigbo, Vice President, Senior Affordable Lending Manager, People’s United Bank, was nominated and affirmatively voted by the MCBC’s Board of Directors to be the Mortgage Lending Committee’s Co-chair along with Elliot Schmiedl. […]

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Notes from the 9/13 Small Business Committee

October 24, 2018

In case you missed the Economic Development Committee Meeting on 9/13/18, details of the meeting are included below. Jeremy Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst at Mass Budget & Policy Center walked us through who will be affected by a minimum wage increase to $15 by 2023.  His presentation can be accessed here. Commonwealth’s Melissa Gopnik shared a data-driven […]

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Notes from 9/11 Mortgage Lending Committee

October 22, 2018

In case you missed the September 11th Mortgage Lending Committee Meeting, some materials from the meeting are included here. 1) CityLab contributor and data visualization journalist, David Montgomery, joined us.  His analysis, which used data from the IPUMS-USA database at the University of Minnesota, illustrates how the racial gap in homeownership rates has persisted over […]

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MCBC welcomes new Executive Director

July 26, 2018

The Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC) is pleased to announce Regan St. Pierre has joined the organization as Executive Director. Over the last few months, MCBC conducted a comprehensive executive search and received applications from many talented candidates. MCBC is pleased to have found a director with a depth and breadth of experience, including […]

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MCBC Welcomes Richard Rothstein, Author of the Color of Law

March 27, 2018

MCBC was pleased to host Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. In The Color of Law, Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent […]

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Notes from 3/6/18 Mortgage Lending Committee meeting

March 06, 2018

The March 6th Mortgage Lending Committee Meeting included a lot of great information, including: 1) Presentation on the SUN (Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods) Program from BCC, 2) Presentation on Participant Generated Ideas from the Changing Patterns XXIV Forum, and 3) Information on the Richard Rothstein event on March 27th. Our next Mortgage Lending Committee meeting will be on April 24th at MHP.

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MCBC Seeks New Executive Director

March 01, 2018

The Massachusetts Community and Banking Council is currently recruiting a new Executive Director who will charged with leading this growing nonprofit organization. This dynamic leader will lead efforts and collaborate with an engaged Board of Directors to carry out the MCBC mission of promoting community investment in underserved areas throughout the Commonwealth. While the organization is currently predominantly focused in greater Boston, there is an active growth plan in place to expand presence and impact. The Executive Director is expected to lead these efforts and drive the growth and visibility of the organization.

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MCBC and Mel King Institute Host Implicit Bias Training

February 08, 2018

On Feburary 7th, MCBC and the Mel King Institute hosted a training on Implicit Bias for Homeownership Professionals at MAHA. Trainer Susan Naimark introduced participants to the concept of implicit bias: what it is, how it develops, and its impacts on individuals and organizations. Participants left with a better understanding of their own unconscious biases, and some practical, research based strategies to reduce them.

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MCBC Releases Changing Patterns XXIV

January 17, 2018

MCBC announces the release of Changing Patterns XXIV: Mortgage Lending to Traditionally Underserved Borrowers & Neighborhoods in Boston, Greater Boston and Massachusetts, 2016. This is the twenty-fourth in the annual series of Changing Patterns reports prepared for the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC). The report presents information on home-purchase mortgage lending in the city of Boston, in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts, in Boston neighborhoods, and in thirty-six large cities. The report was prepared for MCBC by Jim Campen, professor emeritus of economics at UMass Boston.

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