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Senior Vice President, Public Affairs - Director of Community Development and External Affairs

Comerica Incorporated

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Comerica Incorporated

Comerica Bank Tower 1717 Main Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

United States

Company Description

Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people an ... more

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Employment History

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs - Director of Community Development and External Affairs

Comerica Bank Tower

Assistant Vice President and Community Development Officer

Bank One Corporation

Affiliations

Board Member
Focus

Board Member
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Secretary
PeopleFund

Board Member
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fellow
the German

Marshall Fellow
United States

Board of Directors and the Plan Fund Board
Visitors Bureau

Lifetime Member
National Black MBA Association Inc

Member
National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Member
Urban Financial Services Coalition

Position, the United States Delegate Class
British American Project

Education

Oberlin College

MBA

University of Dallas

dual master's degrees

Oberlin College

dual master's degrees

University of Dallas

dual master's degrees

public affairs

University of Texas

dual master’s degrees †one

public affairs

University of Texas at Austin

earned dual master's degrees

Oberlin College

earned dual master's degrees

public affairs

University of Texas

master's degree

public affairs

University of Texas at Austin

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Senior Vice President
Public Affairs - Director of Community Development &
External Affairs
Comerica Bank


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As senior vice president, public affairs and community development, and external affairs director for Dallas, TX-based Comerica Incorporated, Irvin Ashford, Jr.'s job is to change how people view the bank and raise its profile within the communities it serves. "It's my job to raise the expectations of what a bank can be in the community and to help the businesses Comerica serves and our non-profit partners be successful," Ashford explains. Comerica is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses attain success. Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. "In addition to board obligations, regulatory and compliance responsibilities, directing community investments and managing the bank's relationships with micro/small business community development financial institutions, or CDFIs, I am currently juggling a litany of community and economic development projects in Texas, Arizona and Florida," Ashford continues. The projects include a prom dress drive in Dallas to benefit prom-aged girls served by two incredible non-profits, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (TX) and Dallas CASA; a community book drive for the Ella Austin Community Center in San Antonio, TX; and schoolbased financial literacy programs for youth in Phoenix, AZ and South Florida. Ashford, Jr. reflects on the path that led him to his current role. "I'm not sure when I was a little boy I thought I was going to grow up and be a banker," says the Oberlin College graduate who later pursued a master's degree and a MBA in management. "I took some tests, got a scholarship to boarding school (The Webb School) and went to a prestigious liberal arts college and top-notch graduate school. I even became a national and international scholar, all the while never forgetting where I came from." Working for "a great company" like Comerica was "destiny," according to Ashford, Jr. "Comerica's mission and my personal philosophy are in sync because we both believe in helping others be successful. In many ways I have trained my whole life for this mission, and I am now, simply, the 'tip of the spear' in this effort," he says. The best career advice Ashford, Jr. has ever received was from his "Pop" Gardiner Smith: "Not too high with the highs or too low with the lows. Be measured!" Adds Ashford, Jr.: "The best interview advice I can give is: Remember the PIG: prepare, invest and group. There are a series of things one must do to have a successful interview. Be prepared. You should study and work hard at your craft all of the time, not just when you are interviewing. Invest your time, energy and spirit in things that are positive and that would help you, the community and the potential employer reach your common goals. Groupings matter; birds of a feather flock together." Furthermore, asserts Ashford, Jr., "finding key networking events with business clubs, organizations, trade groups and mentors will increase opportunities to gain industry knowledge. Positioning yourself around successful people will increase your chance of becoming more successful." Those interested in following Ashford, Jr.'s footsteps and pursuing a career at Comerica should log onto recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?d=comerica-jobs&c=1057141.


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Irvin Ashford, Jr. Named Comerica’s National Director of Financial Literacy Comerica News Releases

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DALLAS/July 27, 2016 - Comerica Senior Vice President Irvin Ashford, Jr. has been named National Director of Financial Literacy. In addition to his new responsibilities, Ashford will continue his role in managing community development and external affairs for Texas, Arizona and Florida. Ashford will report to Wendy Bridges, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Executive Administration.
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"Comerica is committed to providing students and adults with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate the increasingly complex financial world we live in," said Ashford. "Our EMPOWER series, for example, in which we partner with the Dallas Public Library and the local chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, is free and geared to help the community be more successful in navigating the worlds of finance, budgeting, savings and investing. These are the types of programs in our markets that Comerica embraces because they foster good financial principles and knowledge."
In April, Comerica Bank received an Innovation in Financial Education Award, presented by Nasdaq and EverFi, and accepted by Ashford on behalf of the bank. The award recognizes Comerica's significant efforts to improve the financial capability of adults and children through unique digital learning initiatives. Ashford was instrumental in forging Comerica's partnership with EverFi and the expansion of the bank's Money $ense program for local students at no cost to schools or taxpayers. The program has reached over 2,000 students within Comerica's footprint who have completed 5,300 learning modules since the 2014-15 school year.
Ashford joined Comerica Bank in 2000. He was recognized by The National Association of Black Accountants and The National Black MBA Association for his leadership and support of programs benefiting low- to moderate-income individuals and communities in Dallas. He was named to the 2007 United States delegate class of the British-American Project. Ashford is a Woodrow Wilson International Studies and Public Policy Fellow, and an American Marshall Fellow.
Ashford was the recipient of the 2015 Individual Achievement DiversityFirst Award from the Texas Diversity Council. He was named the 2015 Change Happens! Community Hero and was awarded the Driving Diversity Advocacy Award for Outreach from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, Ashford became the first two-time winner of the Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award.
Ashford's civic and community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, The PeopleFund, Kym's Kids, University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Advisory Board, Focus on the Teens, and the Texas Women's Empowerment Foundation. He is a long-time volunteer at the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, teaching small business classes.
A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Ashford earned dual master's degrees - public affairs from the University of Texas and business administration from the University of Dallas.


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When Comerica Bank executive Irvin Ashford Jr. isn't spending his time teaching financial literacy classes to at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas or throughout the state, receiving an honor from a plethora of organizations, too many to name here, he's simply being a dad.
A Woodrow Wilson International Studies and Public Policy Fellow, a British-American Project Fellow and American Marshall Fellow, Ashford is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio with dual master's degrees - one in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and one in business administration from the University of Dallas.
Tailored suit, spit-shine sparkling shoes and a designer watch to boot, Ashford is really a cool guy to have in your list of contacts.
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