Please join us at the Public Policy Institute of California Conference Center for this special program of the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series. Kathryn Ann “Kat” Taylor will share her experiences and insights on building what she calls “beneficial banking.” This innovative approach to banking seeks to realize a vision of a banking industry that is fair to the person with the least bargaining power; provides access to financial services for all our communities, particularly the traditionally underserved; results in the long-term prosperity of responsible consumers; promotes financial system stability; and contributes to the sustainability of the environmental commons. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat Taylor and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership design means that its profits be invested in the communities it serves.
Kat Taylor’s life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. In addition to her leadership of Beneficial State Bank, Taylor is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet. Taylor serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign,” and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford. (Source: www.onepacificcoastbank.com)
Dr. Patrick Lloyd Hatcher (emeritus professor, UC Berkeley) will serve as program moderator. The Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute and Japan Policy Research Institute. This program is FREE and open to the public, thanks to generous support from the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.