Irvin Ashford, Jr. serves as the Chief Community Officer for Comerica Bank. In his role, Ashford oversees community reinvestment nationally and all associated activities, including development, lending, community investments, volunteerism and data analysis. Additionally, Ashford leads Comerica’s diversity business resource groups.
In 2019, Ashford and his team established the Comerica Money $ense program to address the critical need of teaching sound financial principles to a wide range of audiences from pre-kindergarten students to senior citizens, as well as small businesses.
Ashford is a Board of Trustees member for the Webb School, in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, where Ashford was one of the school’s first African American graduates.
In 2019, the University of Dallas inducted Ashford into the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame for his contributions to community and economic development initiatives in diverse and underserved communities. Ashford is a Woodrow Wilson International Studies and Public Policy Fellow, an American Marshall Fellow and British American Project Fellow.
Ashford is a graduate of Oberlin College. He earned dual Master’s degrees – Public Affairs from the University of Texas and Business Administration from the University of Dallas.