The mission of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is to improve the quality of life for children and families living in low-income communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware by concentrating resources on comprehensive, neighborhood-based economic and community development initiatives.


The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation was established in 1998 as an independent grant-making body with the goal of supporting the revitalization of low-income communities located in New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania. Three years after its inception, the Foundation refined its focus on comprehensive community and economic development to target initiatives at the neighborhood level. Through this approach, the Foundation’s grants support the creation and implementation of resident-driven neighborhood plans.

Components of a Strong and Complete Neighborhood Plan (PDF)
Our Definition of a Collaborative (PDF)
2014 Graduate Highlights (PDF)
Lessons Learned in Neighborhood Revitalization (PDF)
Sample Neighborhood Plan (PDF)

Guiding Principles for GrantmakingShow Details

To maximize its impact, the Foundation bases its grantmaking decisions on seven guiding principles. To be funded by the Foundation, a project must be:

  • Compelling – Innovative ideas that support residents of a neighborhood, and demonstrate the potential for significant, lasting impact in a specific neighborhood.
  • Comprehensive – Provide – or partner with other organizations to provide – services that address multiple needs in the neighborhood.
  • Accountable – Projects are required to be evaluated with measurable outcomes.
  • Collaborative – Make linkages in the neighborhood and partner strategically with other non-profits, schools, government agencies, local institutions, and public and private entities.
  • Sustainable – Focus on causes rather than symptoms; demonstrate a sustainability plan including strong leadership, capable management and public and private resources.
  • Replicable – Create prototypes that can be replicated in other low-income communities.
  • Inclusive – Help build communities and support resident empowerment by cultivating local leadership, and developing program strategies that organize and energize neighborhood residents to participate in the planning and to direct the change.

Board of DirectorsShow Details

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  • Roland Anglin, Ph.D.
    Faculty Fellow Director and Associate Research Professor
    The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies Rutgers University
  • Austin J. Burke (Chair)
    Community Leader 
    Scranton Enterprise Center
  • Fernando Chang-Muy, Esquire
    Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Peilin Chen
    Director of Capital Budgets
    City of Philadelphia
  • Kevin Dow
    SVP, Impact and Innovation
    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Stacy Holland
    Executive Director
    The Lenfest Foundation
  • Lucia Gibbons
    Head of Eastern Business Banking
    Wells Fargo Bank, NA
  • Maria Matos
    Executive Director
    Latin American Community Center
  • Greg Redden
    Regional President
    Greater Philadelphia and Delaware
    Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Mike Rizer, Esquire
    Head of Community Relations
    Wells Fargo Bank, N.A
  • John Thurber, Esquire
    Vice President for Public Affairs
    Thomas Edison University
  • Robert Torres, Esquire (Vice Chair)
    Program Manager
    Business Development
    General Dynamics Information Technology
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StaffShow Details

Denise McGregor Armbrister, Senior Vice President and Executive Director
Denise McGregor Armbrister has extensive banking and nonprofit experience specializing in healthcare, education and government banking, with companies such as Wells Fargo and Chemical Bank. She holds a BA in mathematics and psychology from Wellesley College and a MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

Kimberly Allen, Vice President and Senior Program Officer
Kimberly Allen oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking processes. She was instrumental in the founding of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and has been serving as a Program Officer since its inception. Kim holds a BA from University of Maryland in organizational psychology and dynamics and is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Philadelphia.

Lois W. Greco, Senior Vice President and Evaluation Officer
Lois W. Greco manages the Foundation’s portfolio of performance-based grants, with a focus on assisting grantees in the development and implementation of participatory evaluation plans, and incorporating lessons learned back into the Foundation's grant-making program. Lois has a background in both lending and development with not-for-profit organizations, and earned a BA with Highest Honors in economics from Rutgers College.

Crystal Dundas, Communications and Program Officer
Crystal oversees the Foundation’s communications and media relations. She also serves as a Program Officer, reviewing grant proposals and making grant recommendations. Crystal holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Denise Langford-Motley, Executive Assistant
Denise Langford-Motley is an Executive Assistant for the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. She has extensive and continuous banking experience spanning almost 27 years.