HOPE expands executive leadership team

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JANS – HOPE (Hope Credit Union, Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Policy Institute), one of the nation’s leading community development financial institutions, announces the appointments of Chloe Dotson as Chief Program Officer, and Gopal Narasimhan as Chief Digital & Technology Officer.  The executives bring vital capacity to HOPE’s executive leadership team that fortify the organization for continued growth and impact.

As Chief Program Officer, Dotson leads HOPE”s Community and Economic Development (CED) team, which focuses on strengthening community infrastructure that increases economic mobility, such as affordable housing, healthcare and education.  The CED team places a priority on collaborating with anchor institutions in under resourced communities such as local municipalities, nonprofit organizations and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dotson has had both domestic and international work experience. In her previous role as the Director of Planning and Development for the city of Jackson, MS, Dotson led and managed a 150-person planning and development team to implement and update the city’s comprehensive plan. She also served as the Director of Real Estate Development for come dream come build (CDCB) in Brownsville, TX where she advanced affordable housing opportunities in communities along the U.S. and Mexico border. “I have admired HOPE’s work for quite some time,” said Dotson. “I share the organization’s commitment to expanding economic opportunity throughout the Deep South, and look forward to contributing to this critically important work.”

Narasimhan will lead HOPE’s Data & Analytics, Information Technology and Strategic Technology teams. He comes to HOPE following a distinguished career of nearly two decades at FedEx where he held multiple roles within Revenue Management, Marketing, Product and Data. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Product at FedEx Dataworks, where he created new revenue streams and transformed internal functions through innovative digital solutions. Over his tenure, Narasimhan’s leadership across Industry Verticals (including Healthcare, Aerospace, Automotive, High Tech, High Value Retail), Sensor Based Logistics, FedEx Logistics and Emerging Markets have been key success factors in driving significant business growth for FedEx globally. Prior to his tenure at FedEx, he worked as an IT Consultant and Architect in the U.S., Germany and Singapore. “In today’s world, data and digital have the ability to change the trajectory of people’s lives,” said Narasimhan. “The ability to leverage technology with HOPE, to change outcomes in local communities is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” 

“Opportunities to drive investment, and advance strategies that improve lives, strengthen infrastructure and advance climate resiliency in historically under resourced communities has never been greater,” said HOPE CEO Bill Bynum. “Chloe Dotson and Gopal Narasimhan bring to HOPE vital expertise and experience as we seize this moment by empowering thousands of families to reach their potential, and accelerating progress toward a Deep South economy that works for everyone.”

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HOPE expands executive leadership team

By Jackson Advocate News Service
June 10, 2024