Stephanie Lomibao-Parro

Stephanie Lomibao-Parra

Senior Vice President
Philanthropy Program Manager
Environmental Social Governance,
Bank of America

Stephanie Lomibao-Parra is a member of the Environmental, Social and Governance team and serves as a national ESG program manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. As part of the enterprise programand strategy team, Stephanie helps deliver the bank’s ESG philanthropic

initiatives and integrate these programs across global enterprise platforms including volunteerism and thought leadership. In her role, Stephanie also helps develop and implement the basic needs philanthropic platform that focuses on pressing issues of economic mobility and self sufficiency for low-to-moderate income communities like global health and hunger relief, benefits access and integrated services, as well as better money habits (financial education). The portfolio of grantees she manages includes partners that provide programs and services for the military, disability, and other diverse communities.

Prior to joining Bank of America in 2009, Stephanie was fund development director for New Economics for Women (NEW) in Los Angeles, California where she was responsible for the fundraising and funder relationship cultivation to support NEW’s programs and services. Stephanie also previously served as vice president, regional manager of volunteerism and events for Washington Mutual where she provided regional oversight of community development service goals tied to the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act federal requirements and signature employee volunteer projects and initiatives through Washington Mutual’s Committed Active Neighbors (CAN) employee volunteer program from Central to Southern California.

Stephanie brings over 17 years of professional experience from the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, beginning her career at California State University Fullerton’s University Advancement Foundation where she managed accounts payable and the donor database system updates and staff training. Stephanie earned her dual bachelor’s degree in business marketing and public administration from California State University (CSU) Fullerton, where she participated in the CSU California State Capitol Internship Program, and her master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in philanthropy from the University of Southern California where she co-authored The reality of race neutral admission for minority students at the University of California: Turning the tide or turning them away? (2004) as a research assistant at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.

In 2015 Stephanie was named one of the Global 100 most influential Filipinas by the Filipina Women’s Network. She is currently board chair for Central City Neighborhood Partners, serves on the steering committee for the Asian America Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Los Angeles Chapter, and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 472.

ACCP Meets Stephanie Lomibao-Parra

How did you first hear about ACCP? Why did you join?

I was given the opportunity to become an active ACCP member by my manager who gave me the opportunity to attend the national conference for my first time (it was New Orleans). The networking was amazing, the people I met were so open about sharing their work as corporate citizenship professional, and the ACCP staff made sure I was engaged and included throughout the conference experience.

What do you feel is the most pressing issue facing those in CSR today? Why?

The most pressing issue that we face in corporate America today and in the near future is earning, building, and maintaining trust with all of the stakeholders that make our business a success. Though trust building affects all parts of a company, this is the pivotal CSR issue of our time:
• the need to protect the safety and financial stability of our employees, their families, and the communities we live in
• the call to action for greater accountability in our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and
• the role of leveraging and lifting our corporate voice on socio-economic policy issues that affect our broader eco-system of stakeholders – employees, customers, communities, and investors

What piece of advice would you give someone new to the field of CSR, or considering entering the field? What’s one work-related skill you’d like to develop, especially if you could do it easily? What’s one piece of advice you’d pass on to others in CSR?

Because CSR professions directly correlate to the overall mission, vision, and purpose of the company – those entering into the field of CSR should start by first ensuring that their personal values, inspirations, and drive are reflected and amplified by the culture and commitments of the employer. Even today, I continue to work on developing my ability to know, integrate, and embrace the perspective of the company I am so proud to work for so that the connection between who we are as a brand and what I do in CSR are seamlessly connected.

What’s a favorite quote?

My favorite quote of all times is the one by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” but as of late, I’ve been inspired by the wisdom left behind by the great, Notorious RBG, “We should not be held back from pursuing our full talents, from contributing what we could contribute to the society, because we fit into a certain mold- because we belong to a group that historically has been the object of discrimination.”

If you had to describe yourself using three words, what would they be?

Driven by purpose.