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OCC Names Scarlett Duplechain its new Community Affairs Officer for New Orleans

WASHINGTON – The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today announced Scarlett Duplechain as its new Community Affairs Officer in New Orleans. 

"We at the OCC are committed to making sure the Gulf Coast has the support it needs to continue progressing on its long-term effort to rebuild after the devastating hurricanes of 2005," said Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan.  "Scarlett strengthens our team in New Orleans by bringing her vast experience in community development and passion for this region."

As part of the OCC Community Affairs team, Mrs. Duplechain will serve as a liaison to governmental organizations, community groups, and national bank customers on community reconstruction financing issues and hurricane-related banking matters.  She will also identify community development lending and investment opportunities available to national banks seeking to aid the Gulf Coast reconstruction efforts.

Mrs. Duplechain joins the two other members of the OCC's Southern District Community Affairs team:  David Lewis, who is based in the OCC's Southern District Office in Dallas, and Karol Klim, who is based in the agency's Atlanta Field Office.

Mrs. Duplechain joins the OCC from JPMorgan Chase where she served as Vice President and Community Relations Manager of the Philanthropy Division.  In that role, she oversaw the bank's community development and philanthropy efforts across Louisiana.  Mrs. Duplechain joined Chase, formerly Bank One, in 1991.

Prior to Chase, Mrs. Duplechain spent 10 years with the City of Beaumont, Texas, working and managing the Home Ownership and Housing Rehabilitation programs.  She has more than 25 years in community development and several years of experience as a licensed real estate broker and appraiser.

Mrs. Duplechain serves as board member and participant of a variety of community organizations including: Leadership Greater Baton Rouge Alumni, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, and Old South Baton Rouge Neighborhood.

Mrs. Duplechain holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Houston. 

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