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White House Honors Tech CU President and CEO Barbara B. Kamm with “Champions of Change” Award

Kamm was among nine American business leaders featured for promoting citizenship in the workplace.

Barbara Kamm White House

San Jose, Calif. (October 22, 2014) — Tech CU President and CEO Barbara B. Kamm traveled to the White House this week to be among nine American business leaders honored as "Champions of Change” for leading integration and workforce development efforts around the country to promote citizenship in the workplace. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

“These Champions have strengthened their businesses and the American workforce by helping eligible immigrants navigate the naturalization application process,” said a White House press release announcing the honorees. “These Champions recognize that citizenship is an asset for businesses, workers and their families, strengthening our overall economy.”

Kamm is a passionate advocate for workforce development as an impetus for economic expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area and the larger U.S. She has been a leading voice in promoting the value of citizenship to the tech industry and the benefits this brings.

Under her leadership, Tech CU was one of the first Bay Area companies to partner with the National Immigration Forum’s New American Workforce (formerly Bethlehem Project), providing free seminars with information on citizenship services to its green card holding employees and members. Through these seminars, more than 80 Tech CU employees, members and their families have connected with the National Immigration Forum for citizenship.

Kamm also serves on the Chancellor’s Business and Industry Advisory Council for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, where she has been influential in supporting investment in community colleges to provide more opportunities for cost-effective education and training in STEM fields.

The following Champions of Change were also honored at the White House ceremony:

  • Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development
  • Robert Hill, General Manager at the InterContinental Miami hotel
  • David Huerta, President of the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW)
  • Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA)
  • Les Lak, Vice President of Operations and Systems at Blasch Precision Ceramics in Albany
  • Khadra Mohamed, President and CEO of the Center for Somali Women’s Advancement
  • Jonathan Plutzik, Chairman and Principal owner of the The Betsy in Miami
  • Teresita Wisell, Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Westchester Community College


Founded in 1960 by the employees of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Semiconductor Division, Tech CU has served the high tech workforce in Silicon Valley for more than 50 years and today has 70,000 individual, non-profit and business members and more than $1.8 billion in assets. The financial institution is recognized as one of the best managed and strongest in the country, as indicated by Tech CU’s 5-star rating from Bauer Financial, the nation’s largest independent rating service for banks and credit unions. Tech CU’s members have access to 65,000+ surcharge-free ATMs nationwide, online and mobile banking, 9 full-service branches throughout the Bay Area, and comprehensive mortgage, wealth management and commercial banking services.

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