Board of Directors
Lynne Fox has been a board member since 2000, and, in 2016, she became the first woman in Amalgamated Bank's near 100-year history to serve as Chair. She also currently serves as the International President of Workers United, Manager of the Philadelphia Joint Board for Workers’ United, where she is tasked with overseeing the budget, strategic planning and representing roughly 75,000 members and also serves as an executive board member of the Service Employees International Union. From 2006 to 2011, Fox served as a board member for the State Employee Retirement System in Pennsylvania, a $26.3 billion fund.
Maryann Bruce joined the board in 2018 after a greater than 30-year career in the financial services industry. Bruce currently serves as an independent trustee for PNC funds and has been honored by Directors & Boards as one of 20 accomplished female board members in “Directors to Watch 2017.” Bruce has also received accolades from US Banker, appearing on “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” list. Formerly, Bruce served on the board of MBIA Inc., was an independent director and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Atlanta Life Financial Group and was an Allianz Funds Trustee.
Mark Finser was a founding member of New Resource Bank and served as Chair until it was acquired by Amalgamated in 2018. Finser started his career in social finance in 1984 as a founder of RSF Social Finance (“RSF”), an organization focused on developing innovative social finance tools to serve the unmet needs of clients and partners. As President and Chief Executive Officer of RSF, Finser grew the organization’s assets to $120 million by 2007, when he transitioned to Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Finser has served on several boards, including B Lab, Yggdrasil Land Foundation and Gaia Herbs.
Darrell Jackson joined the bank in 2021 and brings an extensive background driving growth and operational initiatives for financial service providers throughout the US. In his 35+ years in the financial sector, he has held leadership positions such as President, CEO, and Board Director with consistent success in creating innovative business strategies.
Jackson currently serves on the boards of Janus Henderson Funds, Dome Construction and Gray-Bowen-Scott. He previously served on The Delaware Place Bank and its holding company in Chicago where he chaired the Executive Loan Committee. He also served on the board of Seaway Bank and Trust Company where he was President & CEO. Previously he held several senior management positions at The Northern Trust Company from 1995 to 2014, concluding his tenure with the position of Executive Vice President and Co- President of Wealth Management- Illinois.
Mr. Jackson has also served as Chairman of the board, Chairman of the Audit, Finance, Governance, and Management Development & Compensation committees for several high-profile non-profit organizations.
Julie Kelly joined the board of directors in 2010 and serves as the General Manager of the New York-New Jersey Regional Joint Board of Workers United and an International Vice President and member of the General Executive Board of Workers United. Kelly is President of Local 169 Realty Corporation, a director of Amalgamated Life Insurance Company and a trustee of the Amalgamated National Health Fund, Amalgamated Retail Fund, Consolidated Retirement Fund, the National Retirement Fund and the Union Health Center. She also served as former President of the Clothing Workers Center, a historic organization that has provided a home for tens of thousands of ACTWU workers for over a century.
JoAnn Lilek joined the Board in 2021 with more than 30 years’ experience working with corporate boards and executives in domestic and international contexts to implement transformational change that improves profitability and stimulates growth, specifically in the areas of, commercial banking, supply chain management, and professional services. Ms. Lilek currently serves on the board and as Audit Chair for the Datum One Series Trust and has had a long and distinguished career in financial management serving in CFO roles at Accretive Solutions, Midwest Banc Holdings, DSC Logistics and ABN Amro North America.
A director since January 2013, John McDonagh retired from JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. in February 2011 as a Managing Director of JPM’s Global Special Credit Group, having served in various credit capacities at JPM over a career spanning approximately 38 years. In his final position at JPM, which he occupied from 1998 until his retirement, McDonagh was responsible for the restructuring of large corporate credits, among other responsibilities. Prior to this role, McDonagh also served on JPM’s Fund Performance Review Committee, investigating performance of investments sold to pension funds.
Meredith Miller is internationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance occupying various board and senior leadership roles with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sector.
She is currently the Managing Member of Corporate Governance and Sustainable Strategies LLC (“CGSS”) providing counsel on various ESG strategies to the investor community. Prior to joining CGSS, she served as the Chief Corporate Governance Officer of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust from 2010 to 2021. Prior to that, Ms. Miller served as the Assistant Treasurer for Policy at the Office of the Connecticut State Treasurer from 1999-2010. She also served in a series of roles at the Pension and Benefits Welfare Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor and has held leadership positions at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations as well as the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC.
Robert G. Romasco has served on Amalgamated’s board since September 2014. Prior to joining the board, he served as President, chief volunteer spokesperson, of AARP and on the board of directors from 2006 until 2014. Romasco has also served as Senior Vice President of customer, distribution and new business development for QVC, Inc. and CEO of J.C. Penney Direct Marketing Services, a $1 billon insurance company serving leading credit card firms.
Edgar Romney joined the board in 1995 and also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of Workers United, a post he's held since 2009. Since September 2009, he has also been a member of the General Executive Board of Workers United and Vice President of Service Employees International Union. Romney got his start with the union in 1962 and has held various leadership roles with the ILGWU and UNITE. Romney also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Change to Win Coalition from September 2003 until 2009 and he continues to serve on numerous boards of directors.
Priscilla Sims Brown is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Amalgamated Bank. Ms. Brown is a multi-national board director and C-suite executive with 30 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining Amalgamated Bank she was the Group Executive for Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where she focused on rebuilding trust and pride in the bank with direct responsibility for end-to-end marketing, branding, stakeholder insights, government and public affairs, and environment and social policy.
Prior to Commonwealth Bank, Ms. Brown held senior positions at AXA Financial, Inc., Sun Life Financial, and Lincoln Financial Group. She has advised several digital startups and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Emerge.me, a digital health insurance broker.
She was a member of the AXA Financial US Executive Committee, serving as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), where she directed all aspects of US marketing and led global digital marketing initiatives. Prior to AXA Financial, Ms. Brown served as CMO at AmeriHealth/Caritas, where she developed a new go-to-market strategy for the largest Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medicaid company in response to the Affordable Care Act. At Sun Life, Ms. Brown served as CMO and Chief Strategist, where she negotiated and managed Sun Life Stadium naming rights, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl and other major events with the Miami Dolphins NFL football team.
During her 18-year tenure at Lincoln Financial Group, Ms. Brown held numerous leadership positions where she integrated acquired companies, established new businesses and led the consumer brand. She established the firm’s first investment management profit center, targeting midsized insurance companies. She also started and chaired Lincoln’s first family of standalone mutual funds and served as president of the broker-dealer. Ms. Brown also led the investor relations function, before expanding her responsibilities to include corporate and strategic marketing.
For the past three years, she served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (‘TIAA’), a US Fortune 100 financial services firm with over $1.2 trillion in assets under management. She served on the TIAA Investment, Nominating and Governance, and Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility committees, as well as Trustee and CEO selection subcommittees.
Ms. Brown’s personal and professional experiences have enabled her to reach across cultural boundaries to ensure collaboration among diverse teams and drive successful outcomes for organizations.