Evelyn F. Smalls
President & Chief Executive Officer
Evelyn Fennell Smalls is President and Chief Executive Officer of United Bank of Philadelphia, a minority-owned and controlled, full service commercial bank. With over 30 years experience in banking and community development, Mrs. Smalls is responsible for the leadership and management of the Bank including setting the direction of the organization, communicating its vision and adapting the culture and operations to achieve success. Her leadership helped transform the Bank’s strategic focus into a “Business Bank” to ensure small businesses have access to affordable loans through the SBA 7A program.
Prior to her appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Smalls served as Senior Vice President for Regulatory Compliance and Community Reinvestment. Her leadership helped establish the Bank’s community reinvestment model that has achieved consecutive “Outstanding” ratings from the Federal Reserve and FDIC since the Bank’s inception.
Mrs. Smalls received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from North Carolina Central University. She serves on several boards, including United Bancshares, Inc., where she is a member of the executive, asset liability and loan committees. She also serves on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Chairperson for the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB), the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation and the National Bankers Association. In addition, Ms. Smalls was appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and served a three-year term on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC).
Brenda M. Hudson-Nelson
Executive Vice President & CFO
Brenda M. Hudson-Nelson serves as United Bank of Philadelphia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Hudson-Nelson’s responsibilities include directing financial planning, financial reporting, implementing, managing the Bank’s investment portfolio, and managing the Bank’s sensitivity to interest rate risk. Prior to joining United Bank of Philadelphia, Ms. Hudson-Nelson was an Audit Manager for Ernst & Young, a ”Big 6” accounting firm serving clients in the financial services industry.
Coston M. Cobbs
SVP, Senior Lending Officer
Coston M. Cobbs is a seasoned commercial banker with over twenty five years of experience in commercial real estate lending. He is responsible for the development and management of the commercial lending business and credit administration for the Bank. Coston’s leadership is key in the Bank’s overall strategic planning process. His role is to ensure the appropriate goals and strategies are outlined to attain continual growth of the loan portfolio enabling the Bank to achieve and sustain profitability.
Vice President, Compliance and Community Banking
Dimitria Davenport is the Vice President of Compliance and Community Banking. Ms. Davenport's responsibilities are to ensure that the Bank adheres to all applicable consumer protection laws and federal and state regulations as well as provides leadership to the Community Banking team which includes oversight of the Bank’s branches and driving community development within the Bank’s footprint. With over 20 years in the financial services industry, she has held key roles within Human Resources, Training and Retail Administration.