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Carla Mannings, Portfolio Advisory Board Member

October 12, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – At its October meeting, the General Council approved the Portfolio Advisory Board’s (PAB) nomination of Carla Mannings as the Board’s newest member. Carla joins the PAB Board immediately to fill an open position and begin a three-year term on July 1, 2022.

Carla is a relationship manager and Senior Vice President of the Commercial Lending Group of City First Bank in Washington, D.C. City First is the largest African American- owned bank in the United States. Before joining City First, she was Chief of Strategic Initiatives for Partners for the Common Good (PCG), with whom the Adrian Dominican Sisters have had a long relationship.

Carla is currently serving on the boards of National Coalition for Community Capital, Opportunity Finance Network, and National Disability CDFI Coalition. She has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Business Administration degree from Brenau University in Atlanta.

"I have worked with Carla on the Resource Center for Religious Institutions, as well as on PCG’s board,” said Sister Corinne Florek, OP, who nominated Carla for the PAB. “She is a woman of great integrity and strong commitment to the work of justice. I feel she will bring much knowledge and experience in community investing. She is a great educator and communicator."

September 24, 2021, New York, New York – As the U.S. Catholic Church marks National Migration Week, September 20-26, 2021, Sister Donna Markham, OP, encourages Catholics and all other people of good will to set aside politics and look at the human faces of the immigrants coming to the U.S. southern border. 

The U.S. immigration system is broken and conditions at the southern border are “untenable,” in a special way for Haitian migrants enduring difficult conditions in Del Rio, Texas, Sister Donna wrote. But beyond politics, we are called to see the humanity and suffering of the immigrants, she said. “Look into the eyes of those who seek to come here,” Sister Donna suggested in an Op-Ed published in America Magazine. “Try to understand their stories through those eyes. See the fear and hope that coexist in them.”

Sister Donna, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, noted the compassion of staff members of Catholic Charities organizations across the country. “We see the faces and we hear the stories,” she wrote. “And we look daily into the eyes of those in need, including immigrants and refugees.”

Read Sister Donna’s entire article.



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