2022 HW Vanguard: AJ Barkley


AJ Barkley is the head of neighborhood and community lending for Bank of America, leading the bank’s work to ensure broad-based and equitable access to lending and capital for individuals, families and small businesses across the economic spectrum. 

A recognized leader in financial services, Barkley works with nonprofits, community advocacy groups, professional real estate organizations and industry leaders, advocating for housing stability, affordability and generational wealth creation for under-represented groups. Barkley is a long-time champion of affordable and sustainable homeownership, and she is responsible for the bank’s Community Homeownership Commitment, a $15 billion program to increase homeownership, particularly among first-time homeowners, underserved communities and multicultural borrowers. Barkley has been recognized as a HousingWire Woman of Influence for her work in this area. Barkley joined the company in 1996 and has held leadership roles in retail sales, Merril Lynch and served as the area executive for the Dallas/Fort Worth market. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be brief. Be bold. Be gone. When you receive feedback from others, always listen, learn and apply. Don’t forget to reflect so you can be the best you.


AJ Barkley


Head of Neighborhood and Community Lending

Company Name:

Bank of America

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