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  • Wells Fargo SVP Named Chair of Children's Friend Board

    Michael DiSandro Named Children’s Friend Board Chair
     
    Michael DiSandro, senior vice president, Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo, has been named chairman of the Children’s Friend board of directors.
     
    DiSandro has been a member of the board for 14 years and assumed the position from outgoing chair William J. Allen.  He is slated to serve a three-year leadership term.
     
    A 30-year banking veteran, DiSandro is the commercial banking leader for Wells Fargo’s lending operations throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern and Eastern Mass. Overseeing a team of commercial bankers, he helped lead the company’s expansion into additional New England markets. In his role, he is responsible for recruiting and managing commercial banking relationship managers to provide banking products and services to companies with revenues between $5 million and $2 billion. Wells Fargo Commercial Banking covers a broad range of industries including, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, construction, transportation, investor real estate and healthcare. Through its new Specialized Industries focus, Wells Fargo also provides expertise across industries including Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Investor Real Estate, Government, and Technology through its regional presence.
     
    During DiSandro’s banking career, which spans three decades, he has held positions in senior management at Santander, Citizens Bank and Bank of America before joining Wells Fargo. He began his finance career at Fleet Financial Group.
     
    A graduate of Trinity College, DiSandro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and computer science.  He also earned an M.B.A. from Bryant University.  Recently, he also joined the Board of Directors at HopeHealth in Providence.
     
    DiSandro and his wife, Mary, reside in Rumford.
     
    Children’s Friend, Rhode Island’s first child-serving nonprofit agency, was founded in 1834. Guided by our mission, Children’s Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children.  We accomplish our mission by ensuring that our services are family-centered, seamless, and outcome-driven.  In 2018, over 34,649 individuals received services from Children’s Friend, and 94 percent had incomes below the federal poverty level.

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