Community Reinvestment

Berkshire Bank To Host Town Hall Series On Black, Latinx Economy

In Response To Pandemic, Ongoing Protests

Keith Griffin

June 2, 2020

Berkshire Bank program on black economy

Berkshire Bank, together with Reevx Labs, will host a two-part town hall series, entitled “Reimagining America: The Future of the Black and Latinx Economy,” this Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5. The 90-minute panels are to be moderated by MSNBC hosts and anchors Joy Reid and Alicia Menendez

Both events bring together leading policy makers, economic experts and community bank executives to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on African American and Hispanic communities, and how they can work together to rebuild a stronger, more inclusive economy.

Malia Lazu, executive vice president and chief culture and experience officer at Boston-based Berkshire Bank, said in a statement, “In light of the continued racial injustices that have convulsed our country over the past few weeks, there is no better time to address the inequity faced by black and brown communities on a daily basis, which has been further exacerbated in the midst of this global pandemic.

“Economic and criminal injustices arise from common roots. Banks – and in particular community banks – have an opportunity to be part of the solution, directing capital and resources back into these communities. At Berkshire we are eager to listen to these leaders and experts. Working together we can be facilitators for much needed change. We welcome everyone to attend what we expect to be an insightful and powerful discussion,” she said.

The Thursday session is at 4 p.m. Panelists include Ayanna Pressley, member of Congress (MA 7th Congressional District); Joy Reid, Host of AM Joy on MSNBC; Derrick Johnson, President & CEO of NAACP; Courtland Cox, former director of US Small Business Administration; Malia Lazu, EVP & chief culture and experience officer at Berkshire Bank.

Register for the Thursday program here.

The Friday session is also at 4 p.m. It features Joaquin Castro, member of Congress (San Antonio), chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus;  Alicia Menendez, anchor, MSNBC Live; Cristina Jiménez, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream; Nathalie Molina Niño, entrepreneur and builder capitalist; and Berkshire Bank’s Lazu.

Register for the Friday program here.

Berkshire Bank provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and insurance services through 130 branch offices in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including Commerce Bank, a division of Berkshire Bank.

Advertise With Us

Have news to share?

To submit news, contact us at