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2020 HW Woman of Influence: AJ Barkley

Bank of America, Senior Vice President, Neighborhood Lending Executive, Consumer Lending

AJ Barkley

In her role, AJ Barkley is tasked with finding ways to drive successful homeownership among low-to moderate-income borrowers, underserved communities, and multicultural borrowers in all economic situations.

Barkley is responsible for implementing the megabank’s commitment to affordable, responsible lending, including home, auto and small business loans, through strategies designed to educate and inform. Recently, Barkley headed up efforts to create and raise awareness of Bank of America’s Community Homeownership Commitment, an initiative intended to put buyers on the path to affordable and sustainable homeownership. As part of that program, Bank of America committed $5 billion in the form of grant programs designed to help prospective homebuyers with down payment and closing costs. According to the bank, the program will help more than 20,000 individuals and families become homeowners. Barkley’s work also strengthened the bank’s connections with first-time homebuyers as well as multicultural and low-to moderate-income clients. Outside of her important role at Bank of America, Barkley also serves as the co-executive sponsor of the Black Professional Group of North Texas and launched the Black Women Ready to Lead initiative, where she is invested in the professional and personal development of employees in the Dallas area.

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