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Tasha Pettis-Bonds Named New WBC Executive Director

Tasha Pettis-Bonds, a veteran financial services professional, is the new Executive Director of The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Women’s Business Center (formerly Grace Hill Women’s Business Center).
The Urban League announced its merger with Grace Hill in July and all Grace Hill programming is now under the Urban League brand. A new marketing and outreach campaign for the center will be rolled out later this year.
Pettis-Bonds began her duties as Executive Director on August 31, 2020. She previously served as a Senior Vice President with PNC Bank and as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Justine Petersen. Pettis-Bonds has more than 20 years’ experience in retail banking leadership and small business banking in St. Louis and surrounding Missouri counties, Central Illinois, and the Chicago area with special emphasis on leadership, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement.
“Empowering communities starts with creating opportunity and building economic security, especially for women,” said Michael McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League. “We are excited to have someone of Tasha’s caliber leading our effort to increase the pool of successful women entrepreneurs; she has the knowledge, experience, and professional background needed to quickly scale up and be impactful.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Pettis-Bonds said. “Being aligned with the Urban League automatically communicates that we are putting the community first. We are listening and aligning our programming to move from good to great while expanding our reach to the larger metropolitan area.”
Grace Hill’s Women’s Business Center was founded in 1999 as an economic development initiative within Grace Hill Settlement House. It is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration dedicated to providing micro-business development for aspiring women, with a focus on minority entrepreneurs in the community. Services include: Individual Business Counseling, Online SBA Training, networking events, legal clinics, and career development support.