MEDIA ADVISORY: Berkshire Bank to Host Virtual Townhall Series on “Reimagining America: The Future of the Black and Latinx Economy” with U.S. Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Joaquin Castro and Thought Leaders on June 4 and June 5

Berkshire Bank, together with Reevx Labs, will host a two-part townhall series, entitled “Reimagining America,” on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5.

Both events bring together leading policy makers, economic experts and community bank executives to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on African American and Hispanic communities, and how we can work together to rebuild a stronger, more inclusive economy that ensures everyone thrives. Berkshire Bank’s goal in hosting this townhall series is to start a dialogue about how we can work together to rebuild a stronger, more inclusive economy, and how supporting this initiative on a community level can motivate change on a national level.

Malia Lazu, Executive Vice President and Chief Culture and Experience Officer at Berkshire Bank, commented, “In light of the continued racial injustices that have convulsed our country over the past few weeks, there is no better time to address the inequity faced by black and brown communities on a daily basis, which has been further exacerbated in the midst of this global pandemic.

“Economic and criminal injustices arise from common roots. Banks – and in particular community banks – have an opportunity to be part of the solution, directing capital and resources back into these communities. At Berkshire we are eager to listen to these leaders and experts. Working together we can be facilitators for much needed change. We welcome everyone to attend what we expect to be an insightful and powerful discussion.”



Reimagining America:
The Future of The Black Economy

Reimagining America:
The Future of Latinx Economy


Thursday, June 4, 2020
4:00 pm ET

Friday, June 5, 2020
4:00 pm ET


  • Ayanna Pressley, Member of Congress (MA 7th Congressional District)
  • Joy Reid, Host of AM Joy on MSNBC
  • Derrick Johnson, President & CEO of NAACP
  • Courtland Cox, Former Director of US Small Business Administration
  • Malia Lazu, EVP & Chief Culture and Experience Officer at Berkshire Bank
  • Joaquin Castro, Member of Congress (San Antonio), Chair and Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Alicia Menendez, Anchor, MSNBC Live
  • Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream
  • Nathalie Molina Niño, Entrepreneur and Builder Capitalist
  • Malia Lazu, EVP & Chief Culture and Experience Officer at Berkshire Bank



The presentation will be on the record. For additional questions or interview requests, please contact


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