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Keith Mestrich

President & CEO

Keith joined the bank in 2012 after serving four years as the CFO of SEIU. A 25-year veteran of the labor movement with Workers United, UNITE HERE, UNITE and AFL-CIO, his three decades of experience in the financial sector, assisting the bank’s core constituencies in labor, non-profits, political organizations, and issue-advocacy, made him a natural fit as Director of Amalgamated’s Washington region. Since his appointment to CEO in 2014, Keith has spearheaded initiatives to underscore the bank’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 largest U.S. values-based bank. Click here to read more about Keith Mestrich.

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Yesterday, the world’s largest investment firm, BlackRock, took a big step in confronting the threat of climate change and announced that they would now be making investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal in meeting their fiduciary obligation to clients.

Amalgamated Bank works hard every day to support the most powerful change makers in America. We have the honor of standing with thousands of leaders of social change – nonprofits, foundations, labor unions, and more - as they take on complex, deeply rooted issues affecting hundreds of millions of lives.

At the end of every year, people often take time to reflect on the year that was and what can be done to improve in the year ahead. The slate is wiped clean and resolutions are made, often complete with gym memberships, diet plans or book clubs.

Last week was quite a week for our country, and not in a good way. It was a week the likes of which I hope we never see again. It was characterized by way too much hate, much of which hit far too close to home and left many with an unsettling feeling about our current state of national affairs.

Labor Day has lost its identity. What used to be a day that celebrated workers and their fight for shorter hours, higher pay and safer working conditions has become one that is spent rummaging through sales in big box stores where minimum wage employees are forced to work on the one day that was created to honor them.