Republic Bank hires diversity and inclusion leader

Republic Bank has created a new role to bolster diversity and inclusion initiatives within its employment and workplace strategies. The Louisville-based bank hired former JCPS and TARC diversity leader Ashley Duncan to join its team. Duncan will partner with senior leaders at the Bank to evolve and accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

Republic Bank continues to add to its dynamic teams and community involvement efforts to promote comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategies. The Bank recently launched a $3 million Community Loan Fund to promote business development and job creation in communities impacted by inequity and inadequate access to capital. The recent hire of Pedro Bryant and addition of George Nichols III to the board of directors further demonstration the Bank’s commitment to increase diversity efforts.

Duncan joins Republic from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) where she was the first Diversity Hiring Specialist for the largest school system in Kentucky. She previously served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Civil Rights Program Manager for the Transit Authority of River City (TARC). Duncan attended Western Kentucky University and earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business Communication at Spalding University in Louisville. She was a founding member of the Western Kentucky University Alumni Association Diversity and Inclusion Council and holds a National Diversity Certification.

Duncan currently serves on the Brightside Louisville and Metro United Way Board of Directors, and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Duncan’s leadership has been recognized with honors including the Mary B. Ransom Scholarship in Excellence from Spalding University, the Rising Flame Award from the Business Professional Women Network, and being a Business First 2015 Forty Under 40 Honoree, a 2015 NFocus Magazine New Face of Philanthropy, and a MASS Transit 2017 Forty Under 40 Honoree.

— Rachel Nix

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