Wells Fargo exec: Despite scandal, we’re “truly committed to our communities”


Neighborhood Renaissance, the nonprofit developer and landlord, hosted an event Thursday to unveil plans to build 36 new affordable rental apartments in Palm Beach County. The festivities included the presentation of a $100,000 check from Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo, of course, has been bruised by revelations it opened millions of phony accounts to meet aggressive cross-selling goals — a scandal lurking as “the elephant in the room” at an otherwise feel-good event, said Nicole Burrell-Birt, area president for the San Francisco-based giant. She listed the charitable donations given by Wells Fargo in Palm Beach County and suggested that was a better representation of the bank.

“That’s the Wells Fargo we know and love — the Wells Fargo that’s truly committed to our communities,” Burrell-Birt said.

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