Michael Banks

Managing Director, Employment Opportunities & Entrepreneurship

Michael serves as Managing Director of Employment, Opportunities & Entrepreneurship (EOE) of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) but is best described as our Opportunity Youth Expert. Michael leads the EOE pillar, providing equitable access to career opportunities and advancement in our region’s job and labor markets.

Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, Michael was the executive director of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, a financial controller for a Philadelphia startup and Vice President at Citibank. Michael’s experience allows our team to develop UWGPSNJ initiatives that support underrepresented business leaders, employ individuals in low-income communities, and train individuals experiencing high barriers to the workforce.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Pennsylvania University. He has served on the board of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, PHL Diversity, Mann Center for Performing Arts, Clarifi, UWGPSNJ, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, and on the Red Cross Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

When not working, Michael stays active kayaking, instructing indoor cycling classes, and traveling. He is an avid reader, a motivational coach to his two boys, and the defending BBQ champ in his family.

Awards & Certifications   

  • LEADERSHIP Philadelphia: Fellow
  • Philadelphia Tribune: Most Influential 10 under 40
  • Philadelphia Business Journal: Most Talented Leaders 40 Under 40
  • Philadelphia Business Journal: Top 100 Influential Leaders in the Region
  • Philadelphia 76ers Game Changer Award
  • Community College of Philadelphia Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania
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