Executive Team

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Keith Mestrich
President & CEO

Keith R. Mestrich is President and Chief Executive Officer of Amalgamated Bank. He has over three decades of experience in finance, many of those assisting the bank’s core constituencies in labor, nonprofits, political organizations and issue-advocacy campaigns. Keith joined Amalgamated in 2012 and directed the bank’s Washington, D.C. operation where he rebuilt Amalgamated’s presence in the nation's capital. Since his appointment as CEO in 2014, Keith has led Amalgamated’s financial recovery and the bank has grown to nearly $5 billion of assets. Under his leadership, the bank returned to profitability, improved its credit quality, installed a new management team and significantly grew its core deposit base. He has spearheaded initiatives to underscore Amalgamated’s mission, including support of a $15 minimum wage (and raising the bank's minimum wage to $15), acceptance of IDNYC as a primary form of ID, and certification as a B Corp. In 2017, Keith guided Amalgamated’s acquisition of San Francisco-based New Resource Bank, creating the nation’s largest socially responsible bank. Shortly thereafter, he led the strategy behind taking the company public, posting a nearly five percent gain following its public debut on the Nasdaq. Click here to read more about Keith Mestrich.

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Dixiana Berrios
Executive Vice President, Director of Bank Operations

Dixiana has been managing various aspects of Bank Operations for two decades. She joined Amalgamated from Sterling National Bank where she was the Director of Bank Operations. Dixiana has supervised all aspects of consumer and commercial bank operations including deposits, loans and leases, payments, remittance, and e-commerce. She is active with various industry groups and civic organizations.

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Sam Brown
Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking

Sam Brown joined Amalgamated Bank after serving as Director of the White House Business Council in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. As President Obama’s liaison to the private sector, Sam worked on economic policies to help America’s working families and businesses succeed. Before leading the Business Council, Sam held various positions with President Obama. He served as founding Chief Operating Officer of Organizing for Action and Finance Chief of Staff for the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign.

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Molly Culhane
Senior Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Prior to Amalgamated, Molly served as White House Chief of Operations Services in the Office of Administration for President Obama. Molly also served as a senior financial official in President Obama’s re-election campaign and inaugural committee. Whether it’s working at midnight to make sure a wire for a media buy is in place or helping get the vote out on election-day, she knows what’s at stake. Molly will do everything in her power to help our clients win.   
 

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Barbara D. Kissner
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Barbara D. Kissner is a senior information technology executive with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  She has an extensive background in technology transformation, cyber security, organizational resiliency and corporate governance.  She possesses a wide range of technical and risk management skills and has previously held the posts of Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for an insurance company and a bank, respectively.

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Drew LaBenne
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Drew came to Amalgamated Bank in 2015 from JPMorgan Chase, where he was Chief Financial Officer for Business Banking. Prior to JPMC, Drew spent 17 years at Capital One Financial in various positions in operations, marketing and finance. Drew was a key member in building Capital One’s banking franchise through acquisitions and organic growth. He held positions as the CFO of Retail Banking and the CFO of Commercial Banking.

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Jim Lingberg
Senior Vice President, Chief Trust Officer

Responsible for overseeing Investment Management, Sales and Client Service, and Trust and Custody banking products, Jim has over 25 years of experience in pension and investment management, real estate and capital markets. Prior to joining Amalgamated, Jim worked at the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation, where he led marketing, investor relations and labor relations efforts with Taft-Hartley and public fund investors in the AFL-CIO's Building Investment Trust and Equity Index Fund. Previously, he served in a similar role with the AFL-CIO Urban Development Fund and the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, where he was also a member of the Portfolio and Investment Committees.

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Martin Murrell
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Martin has over 15 years of experience in design, implementation and management of consumer digital financial services. He joins Amalgamated Bank from American Express, where he launched and led “Personal Savings” for six years and headed up the Strategic Planning Group international office in London. Prior to that, he was with Capital One, where he pioneered their first direct bank offering, led an internal team focused on enhancing customer experience, and developed a number of secure consumer online payment systems. Martin was also a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Washington D.C., and led a technology start-up in Cambridge, UK.

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Peter Neiman
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Peter joined Amalgamated Bank in 2016 from Unum Group where he served nine years as Vice President of Brand and Advertising. He led the repositioning and marketing efforts for all of Unum’s insurance brands in the U.S. and U.K. Before that, Peter was a Senior Vice President at a number of large New York City advertising agencies including, Grey, JWT, Ogilvy and Bozell. Over his career, he has created integrated marketing campaigns for thirty-five companies including financial industry giants Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, NASDAQ and Commerce Bank.

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Mark Pappas
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Mark joined the bank from Morgan Stanley where he developed and executed a comprehensive, risk-based audit plan and developed an integrated scorecard to evaluate key risk indicators and audit issues. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mark held senior level audit positions at both international and national banks, such as Credit Agricole, Bankers Trust, Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse. Mark is a former President and current Executive Committee member of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Internal Auditors Division. He is also a board member of his local church and a youth soccer coach and active NCAA soccer referee.

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Jim Paul
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Prior to joining Amalgamated in 2011, Jim was Chief Operating Officer of Ullico Inc., a labor-owned insurance and financial services company. Before that, Jim was Executive Vice President and President of the Graphics Division of New Media for Chyron Corporation, a video broadcast engineering company. In addition, Jim has held a variety of senior level human resources, operations and administrative management positions at organizations such as PRC, now part of Northrup Grumman, Bell Atlantic and Tele-TV, a joint venture of several regional Bell operating companies and Creative Artists Agency.

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Arthur Prusan
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Risk Officer

Arthur joined Amalgamated in 2012 to help improve the bank's regulatory standing and audit reporting, though his focus in recent years has been credit risk management. Through his career, Arthur has been responsible for credit risk, deal structuring, pricing, application development, vendor management and finance. He led finance, administrative and operations teams at various investment banks, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and UBS. Arthur began his career at GE Capital and at IPC, a designer of trading desk telecommunication. Arthur received his MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, and has earned degrees in Applied Math and Economics from Yale University.

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Edgar Romney
Executive Vice President, Northeast Regional Director

Edgar joined Amalgamated Bank after completing law school in 2006. He began his tenure with the bank in the General Counsel office in the role of Associate General Counsel. Over the past nine years, Edgar has focused on banking laws and regulations, regulatory compliance and examinations, and has served as a legal adviser to Amalgamated’s senior management. He also managed the bank’s compliance function in 2015. His areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, risk management, outsourced technology service providers, e-commerce, and data security and privacy. He is active with various industry groups.

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Deborah Silodor
Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Deborah joined the Amalgamated Bank's Legal department in 2007-08. Prior to joining Amalgamated, Deborah was Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler in New Jersey, specializing in Commercial Litigation. Earlier in her career, Deborah served as an Enforcement Attorney with the Office of Thrift Supervision.

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Sherry Williams
Executive Vice President, Chief Audit Officer

Sherry joined Amalgamated Bank in 2018 with extensive experience leading audit teams and advising businesses in the design and execution of internal controls and regulatory compliance management programs.  Prior to joining Amalgamated Bank, Sherry served as Director of Risk Assurance for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was responsible for the delivery of internal audit and regulatory compliance services to global banking institutions. Prior to PwC, Sherry served in a number of risk and control leadership roles during her 10 years at SunTrust Bank, including technology, finance, and operational audit. Sherry is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the states of New York and Georgia. She is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Risk and Controls Manager.

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Tanisa Williams
Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources

Tanisa came to Amalgamated Bank in 2019 from American Express.  In her 18 years at American Express, she held various roles partnering with global organizations in Finance, Commercial Services and Publishing.  She was responsible for leading the organization’s people strategy and creating winning talent strategy solutions. Prior to that she worked at Kings Borough Community College as the Affirmative Action and Judicial Affairs Officer.