EVP, Director of Communications & Responsible Business
Professional Experience and Responsibilities
J. Reymundo Ocañas is the director of Communications & Responsible Business and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer for BBVA USA. He also serves as the U.S. president of the BBVA Foundation, the bank’s charitable arm, as well as U.S. president of BBVA Charity, the bank’s employee giving program. Ocañas oversees the bank’s External Communications, CRA program, community development finance, community relations, corporate citizenship, reputation management and diversity and sustainability reporting. He reports to U.S. President & CEO Javier Rodríguez Soler.
Before joining the bank in 2009, Ocañas previously held positions with Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Professional and Community Activities
Ocañas serves as a board member of the Texas Mezzanine Fund based in Dallas, LiftFund (formerly ACCION Texas) based in San Antonio and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) based in San Francisco, each of which is a Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). He additionally serves on the board of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, based in Washington, DC. He is a member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition Bankers’ Community Collaborative Council and the Executive Forum of the Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship.
Ocañas earned a bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Ocañas also received Affordable Housing Finance Certification and Economic Development Finance Certification from the National Development Council, Corporate Citizenship Management Certification from Boston College and Leadership in Reputation Management Certification from the Reputation Institute. He was selected as a First Movers Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2017.