Inside the Stagecoach
June 5, 2019

Brandee McHale to join Wells Fargo as head of Corporate Philanthropy

McHale will oversee the company’s efforts to help address some of the most pressing economic and societal problems facing American communities today.

Brandee McHale will join Wells Fargo as the head of Corporate Philanthropy, effective August 1, the company announced Wednesday. Reporting to Jim Rowe, head of Wells Fargo Stakeholder Relations, McHale will oversee the company’s new philanthropic strategy.

Brandee McHale headshot. She is wearing a black blazer.
Brandee McHale

McHale will succeed Jon Campbell, who will retire at the end of the year after a 42‑year career serving Wells Fargo and its predecessors. Under Campbell’s watch, Wells Fargo has become one of the nation’s largest corporate cash donors, helping meet the needs of underserved communities, including many low- and moderate-income individuals. In 2018, Wells Fargo donated more than $444 million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits across the U.S.

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With more than three decades of corporate philanthropy experience, McHale most recently served as the head of Corporate Citizenship at Citigroup and president of the Citi Foundation. In that role, McHale led the company’s citizenship efforts, including volunteerism and environmental sustainability, and oversaw the Citi Foundation’s global grant-making strategy.

Over the course of her career, McHale has shown a particular passion for programs that provide economic opportunity to low-income individuals. She serves on the Board of Directors for Prosperity Now, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Living Cities, and America’s Promise Alliance. In her work with these organizations, she helps chart the direction of numerous efforts to create lasting change in communities across the country.