February 02, 2009

Deckard and Watkins Make Good with Civic Banking

Conciban Logo 2 With the sudden surge of former Bush Administration flacks going from .gov to gmail, we decided to try and keep tabs on as many as we could.


Two such examples are Josh Deckard and Peter Watkins. The former West Wing aides have formed their own consulting firms, Forward Thinking Strategies, and Watkins Global Strategies, respectively.


Deckard and Watkins were recently appointed to the International Board of Conciban, a subsidiary of Spanish Bank, Caja Navarra. The Pamplona based bank is the pioneer of Civic Banking, a revolutionary method of transparency that empowers customers to dictate which one of 4,000 non-profits the bank will contribute 30% of its earnings. 


In addition to serving on the board, Deckard and Watkins have been charged with raising the bank’s profile and educating American entities of the merits of civic banking. (PF Tipster)

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