Deutsche Bank Honored by New York Immigration Coalition

June 2014 │ New York, NY

Jacques Brand, CEO of Deutsche Bank North America, accepted the award on behalf of Deutsche Bank in recognition of the Bank’s Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities initiative.

The New York Immigration Coalition honored Deutsche Bank with a 2014 Builders of the New New York Award at its 10th Annual Gala, held in New York on June 23. The Coalition recognized Deutsche Bank for its ongoing commitment to New York’s immigrant community, particularly, Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities, an education initiative launched early last year by the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

Jacques Brand, CEO of Deutsche Bank North America and Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of the Bank. Carlos Menchaca, chair of the Immigration Committee and the first Mexican-American to serve on the New York City Council, presented the award. Mr. Menchaca has hailed the Anchoring Achievement program and hopes to replicate its strategy for immigrant communities across the city.

In his speech, Mr. Brand noted his own experience as an immigrant and the importance of organizations like the Coalition in ensuring that diverse communities are supported with resources necessary for success. “My Dad and I immigrated to New York from Belgium when I was six years old and like most immigrants we faced many challenges,” Brand said. “I didn’t speak a word of English and as outsiders looking in we were unfamiliar with how to navigate our surroundings. But over time we found our way and I have been personally fortunate in so many ways,” he said, adding that New York has allowed his family to thrive.

Brand also spoke about Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities, which strengthens the education pipeline for one of New York’s most critically underserved immigrant communities through the coordination and funding of “neighborhood networks” of schools, nonprofits and community-based groups. The program reaches children from pre-school through third grade who do not have the proper support to enter and perform in school, and high school students who need support to remain in environments that can better equip them for advanced employment opportunities.

“All of us at Deutsche Bank believe that education is one of the most critical elements to help others succeed and why the Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities program is so important,” commented Brand. “The program is built on the talents, hard work and determination of the Mexican community to set them up to succeed and develop many more Mexican-American leaders like Carlos, who embody the promise and the future of this great city.”

The Coalition also honored Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union and Parkin Lee of the Rockefeller Group. Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau received a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for his career in public service and his leadership in the push for immigration reform. Steven Choi, the Coalition’s Executive Director, thanked all four of the night’s honorees for having “contributed tremendously to improving the livelihoods of immigrant communities.”

The New York Immigration Coalition unites 200 immigration policy and advocacy groups throughout the state. The Coalition works to build a more inclusive and economically robust society by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation and fostering their leadership. Among its key initiatives this year, the Coalition conducted outreach to nearly 3,000 of New York's most marginalized immigrants about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), registered nearly 5,000 new citizen voters and mobilized nearly 10,000 people for a historic march for immigration reform.

For more on Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities, click here.
For more on the New York Immigration Coalition, click here.

Jacques Brand (second from right), with members of NYIC enlarge

Jacques Brand (second from right), with members of NYIC

Jacques Brand (second from right), with members of NYIC

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