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KeyBank – Empowering Women to Strengthen the Communities We Serve and Live In

KeyBank | June 23, 2023

We are proud to share our progress in advancing women at all levels of the organization, in line with our diversity goals and in support of the CREW Network CRE Pledge for Action.

KeyBank is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $190 billion. Our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion uphold an environment where every person can thrive by bringing their authentic self to Key. 

While it is easy to make declarations about support for DEI principles, achieving real change requires real action. We are proud to share our progress:  

  • Gina Sullivan, a leader in Loan Servicing and Asset Management, has stepped into the role of DEI Council Executive Sponsor for the commercial bank.

  • Stacie Nekus heads our new “Build to a Billion” all-female national equity production team that deploys KeyBank capital into community development projects – affordable housing, preservation housing, workforce housing, LIIHTC, Impact Funds, New Markets Tax Credit investments, and SBICs. Members of the all-female leadership were identified for their strengths, leadership qualities and nationally recognized expertise within the industry – including Tori O’Brien in direct originations, Celia Smoot in fund investments and impact, Christina Knuckles in fund management, and Mary Ann Lang in business development. Since this team was started, we’ve grown our investments by 40%, and we now invest in all 50 states. Our 2023 goal is to syndicate $500 million. But it’s not just about investing and excelling – our mission is to serve the families in each community, which is the most gratifying component of our work.  

  • Amanda Patel, promoted to SVP - National Portfolio Manager - Income Property Group - KeyBank. Amanda now leads a leadership team which includes Kendra Walsh, leading the Great Lakes region, Cathy Barbieri leading the Northeast region, and Lynn Drummond leading the Central and West regions. 

  • Karen Miele, promoted to Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Management, KeyBank.  

While our work is not done, we are energized by the success of our Pay Equity Commitment  across our entire workforce. As of February 2023, women at Key earn on average more than 99% of what their male teammates earn. And we are incredibly pleased to be named a winner again, for the third year in a row, of the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.  

Angela Mago, President of Key Commercial Bank and KeyBank Real Estate Capital group, is an enthusiastic CREW member. “I’m proud to work for an institution that is serious about DEI. KeyBank has been working for years to diversify its workforce at all levels, in communities around the country, to strengthen local economies and to do business with women-owned clients and vendors.” 

Our DEI homepage tells the story of how we are working toward specific goals—and our progress so far. We applaud the heightened attention in the real estate industry to the advancement of women and are happy to be a part of finding new solutions and achieving new milestones. We welcome you to bring your career to KeyBank. Learn more!