SAN JOSE, Calif. (10/27/14)--Barbara B. Kamm, president/CEO, Technology CU, San Jose, Calif., with $1.8 billion in assets, was among nine U.S. business leaders invited to the White House last week to be honored as a Champion of Change for her work in promoting integration, workforce development and citizenship in the workplace.
Barbara B. Kamm, president/CEO, Technology CU, San Jose, Calif., sits with her co-honorees of the White House's Champions of Change award. (Technology CU Photo)
The White House-sponsored program was formed to feature individuals across the country who are doing extraordinary things each day to empower and inspire members of the communities they serve.
"These champions have strengthened their businesses and the American workforce by helping eligible immigrants navigate the naturalization application process," the White House press announcement said. "These champions recognize that citizenship is an asset for businesses, workers and their families, strengthening our overall economy."
Kamm believes workforce development can enhance economic expansion. She has been vocal in the San Francisco Bay area about conveying the value that citizenship can bring to the tech industry.
Thanks to Kamm's leadership, Tech CU was one of the first companies in the region to partner with the National Immigration Forum's New American Workforce, formerly known as the Bethlehem Project, which the credit union used to offer free seminars to green-card holding members and employees on citizenship services.
Kamm also serves on the Chancellor's Business and Industry Advisory Council for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, where she promotes investment into community colleges to enable them to provide more cost-effective education.
The other honorees were:
Another credit union advocate recently was named a Latino Champion of Change by the White House. Shana Runck, assistant vice president of community relations and financial capabilities, New Mexico Educators FCU, Albuquerque, N.M., with $1.5 billion in assets was honored in September for her financial literacy efforts (News Now Sept. 23).