Press Release: 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. (OHBMLI) Announces Newly Elected President Curtiss Jacobs

Wall Street Executive and Former Executive Chairman of takes the helm of community activist group focused on taking control of their communities.

Long Island, New York. — Feb. 16, 2015 — OHBMLI one of the nation’s oldest and trusted leaders in community activism, today announced Curtiss Jacobs as OHBMLI president and chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective on January 31, 2015. Mr. Jacobs brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience and community activism to his role having led global financial service organizations. Jacobs previously served as the executive board chairman of the and under his leadership the organization experienced a significant increase in revenues.  Jacobs replaces Amun Handa, OHBMLI’s president and chief executive, who has served in that capacity since August of 2013.

“We welcome the experience, integrity and executive leadership that President Jacobs brings to the OHBMLI organization” said First Vice President, Jason Richburg. “As our chief executive, President Jacobs will be responsible for quickly establishing a execution plan to effectively address the current challenges facing our organization.  His results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in extending and in some instances reestablishing our track record of exceptional service to the African American and other communities of color.”

“The One Hundred Black Men brand is one of the most recognized and influential community based organizations in the country with a founding members list that includes former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, major league baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson”, says Jacobs. “I am both honored and excited to take on this challenge to build on this great brand and developing the critical strategic alliances necessary to run programs that align to the four pillars of our organization Education, Mentoring, Health and Wellness and Economic Empowerment. “Great leaders nurture future leaders and the build organizations that stand the test of time, ultimately the greatest service that we could ever perform, is the service to others.”

Mr. Jacobs has a proven track record of applying risk a adverse approach to turn around underperforming organizations.  He’s held global executive leadership positions in Risk and Operations at AIG, the Bank of America, Pitney Bowes and Citigroup.  Mr. Jacobs earned a bachelors of science degree from Adelphi University on Long Island and an MBA in International Business from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Read the President’s Message to learn more.