Tasha Pettis-Bonds has joined Midwest BankCentre as vice president of community engagement and business development. She reports to Wes Burns, senior vice president of community and economic development.
In her new role, Pettis-Bonds applies more than 20 years of business, retail and mortgage banking experience in St. Louis, central Illinois and Chicago. She supports the bank’s mortgage, commercial, small business and retail teams in collaborating with faith-based organizations and nonprofits to advocate for equity in underserved communities and build on existing community strengths. She also provides tools and resources for financial education and empowerment through community partnerships. Her focus aligns with the bank’s five-year, $200 million commitment to help people in underserved communities buy homes, start or scale businesses, and transform neighborhoods.
“Tasha Pettis-Bonds applies her diverse banking experience and community engagement to building capacity within neighborhoods that have been marginalized,” said Chairman and CEO Orvin T. Kimbrough. “Her efforts will help minority-owned business enterprises thrive through stronger access to timely financial education and credit. The community partnerships she builds will lay the groundwork for families and individuals to build generational wealth.”
Pettis-Bonds most recently served as the executive director of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Women’s Business Center. She is a member of the Employer Advisory Council at Rung for Women and serves on the Economic Vitality Committee of St. Louis Main Streets, which is part of the Missouri Mainstreet Connection. She formerly served on the boards of Justine Petersen Housing and Redevelopment, St. Vincent Children’s Home, St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition and the Bayer YMCA in North St. Louis. Pettis-Bonds graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Pettis-Bond works at Midwest BankCentre’s branch in Clayton, Mo.