National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Announces New Board Appointment

CINCINNATI, OH – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has announced the appointment of Kala Gibson to its board of directors.

Kala Gibson, of Cincinnati, is senior vice president and head of Business Banking for Fifth Third Bank. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, operations, sales force and product for the line of business that serves small business clients with annual revenues up to $20 million across 1,155 banking centers and 10 states. He has over 26 years of combined experience in retail banking, community banking, small business banking, middle market, asset-based lending and credit administration. As an active member of his community, Kala has and continues to dedicate his time and expertise to a variety of causes. He serves as a board member of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and board president for MORTAR, nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses.

“We are delighted to welcome Kala to the board,” says board chair, Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr. “His professional experience, community engagement, and commitment to non-profits dedicated to social and economic change, strengthens our organization and will continue to drive success and growth.”

“It is an honor and privilege to join this outstanding board,” says Kala Gibson. “The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a national and local treasure, particularly as it relates to freedom and equality. I’m very much looking forward to serving.”

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