Arlington, VA (May 17, 2023) — National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial institution serving cooperatives, their members, and socially responsible organizations nationwide, named Andrea Levere, President Emerita of Prosperity Now, Retiring NCB Board Member and founding Board Chair of Rochdale Capital and ROC USA® the recipient of the 2023 Stan Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award. The honor presented each year at NCB’s Annual Meeting is bestowed to those who live and work with the spirit of the cooperative principles.
“I am honored to present Andrea the Spirit of Cooperation Award,” stated Casey Fannon, President and CEO of NCB. “Andrea has spent her entire career fighting for those in need. She is a passionate advocate for developing a more just economy through innovation financial programs, research and policy initiatives.”
Ms. Levere served on NCB’s Board of Directors for 10 years and worked at Prosperity Now for 27 years, serving as President for 14 years. Ms. Levere currently serves as Board chair for Rochdale Capital, a newly formed community development loan fund.
The Bank carefully selects the yearly recipient of The Stan Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award, named for Mr. Dreyer to ensure it’s given to an individual or organization who lives the spirit of the cooperative principles. Mr. Dreyer, who passed away in 2017, was instrumental in the passage of the Congressional Bank Act in 1978 which created NCB. The award is bestowed annually to an individual whose devotion and contribution to the cooperative community emulate those embodied by Mr. Dreyer. Among his long list of accomplishments, Mr. Dreyer served as Executive Director of NCBA and, in that role was the premier advocate to Congress in helping to pass the National Consumer Cooperative Bank Act, which created NCB. Throughout his career, his dedication to fostering the growth and success of cooperatives, nationally and internationally, has earned him widespread recognition and an enduring legacy.