TERRY CURLEY’S MISSION TO IMPROVE
THE LIVES OF WORKING PEOPLE
WDBCCC Board Member Terry Curley, executive vice president of the Labor Service Division at United Business Bank, joined the WDB board in July 2018, after former Board Chair Buphen Amin encouraged her to learn more about the organization’s work. Her role in commercial banking has been primarily to provide financial services to organized labor locals, labor trust funds and labor affiliates, so the WDB was a good fit in terms of labor, business and community all working together, Curley said.
“I have a shared vision to improve the lives of working people,” Curley said. “It’s a common social justice mission that is also aligned with the workforce development board. As a woman of faith, I truly believe I have a responsibility to give back to the community. Throughout my career I have been involved with organized labor and have witnessed income, racial and gender inequality, and I feel my service could help to bridge the gap.”
Curley said she didn’t initially know the full extent of WDB’s work in the community, including the variety of resources it provides for disenfranchised and displaced workers, as well as workers who have disabilities or have been incarcerated and how these services help to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
In 2021, Curley is looking forward to continuing to help Contra Costa workers that have been affected by COVID-19.
“It’s going to be a challenge to help people, especially those who have been displaced, to pivot to alternative employment opportunities,” Curley said.
Outside of her WDB service, Curley serves on the board and finance committee of St. Mary’s Center, in West Oakland. She is married, enjoys yoga and playing golf, as well as cooking and entertaining for her family and friends.