Otis Felton - Vice President Charitable Services

Otis’ professional career spans over 44 years with strong diverse and senior-level management experience within the banking industry and governmental sectors. He held several management positions with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to include Assistant Regional Manager for Operations/Administration, Supervisory Liquidation Specialist-Investigations, Assistant Manager Liquidator Diversity, and Regional Manager for the Office of Diversity & Economic Opportunity (ODEO). As the AML for Diversity, Otis was a key figure in establishing the FDIC’s first Diversity Initiative for the Division of Liquidation (DOL). He created a Diversity Newsletter entitled “Diversity Advisor” and wrote numerous articles on diversity.

After 19 years with the FDIC, Otis retired in 2014 and started a professional speaking and diversity consultant career. Prior to working at the FDIC, Otis had 15 years in commercial banking where he achieved the position of Vice President for a major financial institution in Los Angeles, CA. Otis also worked for OPM as an independent contractor from 1999 to 2008 performing Federal Background Investigations.

After returning to the FDIC in 2008, Otis was selected in 2009 to be the Moderator for the FDIC for nine regional conferences throughout the United States, speaking to thousands of Minority and Women Owned Business owners on how FDIC conduct business. He has also been a Keynote Speaker for several national organizations. Otis has conducted diversity workshops for national and regional organizations. He is currently writing a book on managing diversity in the workplace. Otis published his first book, a personal testimony of trial and triumph, in 2016 entitled “Receiving the Promises of God - for He will never leave your nor forsake you”.

In 1982 Otis was a candidate for a Presidential nomination under President Reagan for the federal Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). In addition to serving on the AFDICA board, Otis is also serving on the Executive Board as the Chair of Community Events for Oak Lawn Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy, Dallas, TX and the Advisory Board for the Center for Brain Health in Dallas, TX.

Otis has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from National University in San Diego, CA and Executive Leadership Certification from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Otis served six years with the United States Army. While serving in Vietnam from June 1969 to April 1970, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster among other service medals.

Otis resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Carmaleta Whiteley-Felton.