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For Immediate Release

Jane Yedinak
(415) 765-3241

Tanya Peebles-Hill
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 8, 2014 – Union Bank, N.A. today announced that it has named five new members to its Community Advisory Board. The Community Advisory Board is comprised of 11 members who help guide the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) commitment in the areas of affordable housing, consumer loans and services, charitable giving, environmental stewardship, and other community development efforts. Each will serve a three-year term.

Joining the Union Bank Community Advisory Board are: California State Assemblyman Emeritus Joe Coto; Community HousingWorks Chief Operating Officer Gabe del Rio; Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Community Development Project Shashi Hanuman; Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ICE Safety Solutions Inc. Pam Isom; and Executive Director of The California Coalition for Rural Housing Rob Wiener.

“We are pleased to have these new members join the Union Bank Community Advisory Board to provide ideas and suggestions to help guide the bank’s commitment to reinvestment in the communities that it serves,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Julius Robinson. “We are honored to have the benefit of their expertise in community-based organizations, business, and civic affairs. The contributions our Community Advisory Board members provide are invaluable in helping to shape the bank’s efforts to invest in our communities.”

Assemblyman Emeritus Joe Coto most recently served three terms as a member of the California State Assembly, before leaving office in late 2010. He served as Chair of the Assembly’s Insurance and Governmental Operations committees, and held positions on a number of committees including Elections and Redistricting, Education, and Banking and Finance and Arts. He has also served as Chair of the Select Committee on Urban Education and as Chair of the Legislature’s Latino Caucus. Coto began his career as a Teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. He served as a City Councilmember in Oakland for four years.

Coto returned to education as the Superintendent of the Oakland schools. He then became Superintendent of the East Side Union High School District in San Jose and served the East San Jose community for 14 years. Coto served as the Chair of the Mexican Plaza Cultural Arts Center in San Jose and President of the Latino Democratic Forum. He has served on the boards of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

Gabe del Rio is the Chief Operating Officer for Community HousingWorks, a single-family CDFI, HUD Approved housing counseling agency, and developer/owner of multifamily affordable rental homes in urban, suburban and rural communities across San Diego County and beyond. Del Rio has worked in housing and real estate finance for the past 14 years. Previously, he was a licensed California Contractor and Partner in a sustainable design/build firm, as well working with a direct Lender and Mortgage Brokerage.

Del Rio serves as Chairman and Founding President of the Housing Opportunities Collaborative. He previously served as a Director with San Diego Capital Collaborative and two terms as President of Rebuilding Together San Diego. Del Rio holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and is a graduate of the School of Mortgage Banking as an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP). He is currently attending the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Program - Achieving Excellence in Community Development.

Shashi Hanuman is the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Community Development Project which invests legal and capacity-building services in community-based organizations and small businesses to build strong foundations for healthy communities in Los Angeles. Over the years, she has helped to start up, sustain and educate community-based organizations serving youth and families with low-incomes in underserved communities. Prior to joining Public Counsel, Hanuman practiced for three years as a Corporate Associate with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

She serves on the boards of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing and the Little Tokyo Service Center. Hanuman is a member of the Los Angeles City Affordable Housing Commission, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, and past Chair of the Taxation Section, Exempt Organizations Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Pam Isom is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ICE (In Case of Emergency) Safety Solutions Inc., a first aid/CPR training company based in Fremont, California. Isom was working as a biologist at a pharmaceutical firm when she volunteered to be a First Aid/CPR instructor and train co-workers. That experience led her to start ICE Safety Solutions. The company helps clients reduce workplace injuries and illnesses by providing safety audits, workflow process improvements, and emergency response training.

Isom currently serves as an executive board member of the Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council where she also serves as Chairman of its Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee. In addition, Isom serves on the board of Shelter for Women of Domestic Violence (SAVE) and has previously served on the boards of Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis; Management Development for Entrepreneurs certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles; and Executive Management certificate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Rob Wiener is Executive Director of The California Coalition for Rural Housing located in Sacramento, California, where he has served as its executive director for the past 34 years. The California Coalition for Rural Housing is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to ensure affordable housing opportunities for rural and low-income households in California. Wiener has nearly 40 years of experience in rural housing and community development. He has administered numerous federal grant programs of USDA, HUD, and other agencies; provided capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations; and contributed to the formation of public policy.

Wiener holds a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches housing and social policy at the University of California, Davis, and lectures at liberal arts colleges around the U.S. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation Visiting Fellow. Wiener is also the author of Housing in Rural America: Building Affordable and Inclusive Communities and has contributed chapters and articles in numerous other books and journals.

Completing their three years of service on Union Bank’s Community Advisory Board are Laura Archuleta, Cecily Jackson-Zapata, Robert Villarreal, and Junious Williams. To learn more about the bank’s commitment to communities and the complete list of Community Advisory Board members, visit

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on December 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit for more information.