N.Y. Urban Bankers Group Elects Hanover's Hampden

Bridget-Anne Hampden, a vice president of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in New York, has been elected president of the Urban Bankers Coalition Inc. for a two-year term.

The New York-based coalition is the largest chapter of the National Association of Urban Bankers, a forum for minority professionals that promotes career programs and community development.

Ms. Hampden, 38, who works on risk management in Hanover's global banking and developing-markets group, succeeded Herbert W. Whiteman Jr. at the coalition. Mr. Whiteman, a vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has been elected vice president and president-elect of the National Association of Urban Bankers.

"Herb Whiteman has guided the organization through two very difficult years," Ms. Hampden said. During his term, the New York group added four corporate members and was able to attract senior-level financial industry executives to its major events. Membership is just under 200.

"The condition of the financial services industry today, coupled with the problems facing us as minority bankers, present numerous challenges for all of us," Ms. Hampden said. "We are all too sensitive to the deep cutbacks facing the industry, and we recognize that to survive in these turbulent times we must be the best and brightest in our areas of expertise.

"We also need the strength and support of our colleagues around us, many of whom are minority bankers."

Ms. Hampden said she will strive to continue the work started by her predecessors.

One goal is to increase membership by at least 100.

"There is strength in numbers, and if we want to be a force to be reckoned with, we must build our ranks," Ms. Hampden said. "Equally as important is ensuring an adequate level of participation. We must all become involved in furthering the goals and the objectives of UBC."

Ms. Hampden, a graduate of New York University's executive MBA program, worked at Chemical Bank before joining Hanover.

PHOTO : Bridget Hampden

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