Amir Kirkwood Joins Amalgamated Bank to Boost New York Community Impact Client Base
Amir’s ability to strengthen our current relationships with clients that bring prosperity and opportunity to their local areas will prove very helpful.
NEW YORK – Amalgamated Bank, the leading national progressive bank, today announced that Amir Kirkwood joined its New York office as First Vice President for Business Development. Mr. Kirkwood will help lead Amalgamated’s efforts to bolster local communities by elevating New York local institutions that prioritize positive community impact.
“Embracing and supporting New York-based clients whose businesses help our communities is fundamental to the work we do at Amalgamated,” said Keith Mestrich, President and CEO of Amalgamated Bank. “Amir’s ability to strengthen our current relationships with clients that bring prosperity and opportunity to their local areas will prove very helpful. We are thrilled Amir is joining our executive team to seek out new partners in our mission to further promote opportunity in our communities.”
Mr. Kirkwood joins the Bank with more than 20 years of banking and economic development finance experience. He was most recently a Partner at Next Street, playing various roles in support of business development and client management, with a focus on financial services and financial intermediaries. Prior to Next Street, Kirkwood was a Director at Citi Community Capital in its Municipal Securities Division, where he led and advised over $500MM in financings with intermediary lenders, fund managers, municipalities and developers.
“Amalgamated has shown time and time again that they are more than just a bank, but a member of the community. I am excited to help them connect with growing institutions and companies in New York to build on Amalgamated’s long tradition of investing where it matters most—right here in our local communities,” said Mr. Kirkwood.
Kirkwood has also committed significant time to advancing the growth of community and economic development through his leadership and volunteerism. He is currently a Board member of IFF, Inc., a leading Community Development Financial Institution and also serves on the Board of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. In addition, he sits on the Advisory board for the Carsey School of Public Policy Center for Impact Finance.
About Amalgamated Bank
For nearly a century, Amalgamated Bank has been a financial institution with a purpose: affordable and accessible banking for all. Offering customers nationwide the products and services of a major financial institution, Amalgamated is committed to the values on which it was founded. We proudly advocate for workers’ rights and promote the highest standards of environmental, social and corporate governance practices, which is why we are the first choice of progressive organizations and people from presidential campaigns and labor unions to individuals who want a bank that believes everyone should be able to participate fully in our economy. We serve our communities with the core principle that the real currency of banking isn’t dollars– it’s trust.