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Bank Partnerships: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask


Habitat affiliates receive much valuable support from banks, but in these days of limited resources, we need to make the most effective use of all our relationships. In this session, we’ll describe novel partnerships between Habitat affiliates and banks, bankers will explain how to approach them for partnerships, and we’ll explain a few basics about the Community Reinvestment Act. Make sure you bring your questions for us!


Paul Ginger – District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Paul Ginger is a District Community Affairs Officer with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). He works with national banks and federal savings associations, bank examiners, community development organizations and others to encourage financial institutions to participate in safe, sound community development and reinvestment activities.

Prior to joining the OCC Paul worked for more than a dozen years with two Chicago neighborhood development organizations underwriting small business and commercial real estate loans, designing and implementing community development loan programs, helping banks meet their obligations under CRA, and managing a public policy organizing campaign on economic development matters in Chicago’s lower-income neighborhoods.

Paul was a founding board member of the Chicago Community Loan Fund and has served in many other board and leadership positions in community development organizations in the Chicago area. He holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bill Kopka - Community Accountability Officer, Associated Bank

Bill Kopka is an AmeriCorps alumnus, and graduate of City Year’s 1995-1996 Corps. It was here that he got a taste for the role private industry and banks play in Community Development, as he served as the liaison to corporate sponsors such as Honda and National City Bank. Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster, OH, and majored in Urban Studies. His studies included an internship at the Urban League of Portland, OR, and his passion lead him to various roles in board service for nonprofits. Since graduating in 1999, Bill has progressively taken on more responsibility in banking roles, including mortgage origination operations, servicing and sales. He has experience leading a portfolio underwriting team responsible for a major bank’s CRA niche mortgage lending. In this role Bill lead partnerships across business lines, including sales, product development, operations, servicing and Social Responsibility. He found it rewarding to support the bank’s CRA goals and to provide a unique Fair Lending product designed to meet the needs of LMI communities and geographies. Since moving to Associated Bank in 2016, Bill lead the company’s Loan Processing and Closing for Residential Lending, and then moved into his current role as a Community Accountability Officer in early 2018. In this role, he is a relationship point of contact for nonprofits, city, state and federal partners, and other parties focused on overlapping CRA strategies.

To keep in touch with his passion, Bill served for six years on Habitat for Humanity’s Wisconsin state support organization board. It’s through this role that Bill has helped build the partnership between Associated Bank and Habitat on a fledgling project where Associated creates compliant mortgage documents for Habitat loans, enabling Habitat to more easily market their mortgage assets and hence gain liquidity to further their mission.

Kevin Volm - Chief Credit Officer, Commerce State Bank

John Weyenberg - Executive Director, HFH Fox Cities