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Ammar Askari

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Director of Community Affairs Outreach

Ammar Askari is the Director of Community Affairs Outreach within the Compliance and Community Affairs department at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

In this role, Mr. Askari coordinates the work of the district community affairs officers in the agency’s four districts and oversees the work of the Public Welfare Investment team.

Mr. Askari joined the OCC in 2010 as a community development expert within Community Affairs. In that role, Mr. Askari researched and authored publications informing national banks and federal savings associations about federal programs and best practices in community development lending, investment, and service.

Prior to joining the OCC, Mr. Askari held the positions of Community Education Administrator and Vice President in retail administration at M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In that role, he designed, implemented, and administered a community financial literacy program for the $63 billion bank with more than 300 branches spread over seven states. He also served on the bank’s compliance team and led the bank’s effort in designing products and services targeting the unbanked and underbanked. Mr. Askari joined the bank in 2001 as a risk analyst, a role in which he built econometric models to prioritize collection accounts and forecast losses in the bank’s retail, wholesale, and auto loan portfolios.

Prior to banking, Mr. Askari was a faculty member of the economics department at Indiana University-Columbus. There, he taught economics and statistics and served as an academic advisor for the School of Business and College of Liberal Arts. Mr. Askari also founded and managed a nonprofit Center for Economic Education, which spread economic literacy among youth by training K-12 teachers on how to incorporate economics into their curriculum.

Mr. Askari received his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Damascus University. He also has a master’s of social and applied Economics from Wright State University and a master’s and a doctorate in economics from Indiana University - Bloomington.