From Arlington to Chase Consumer CEO: Thasunda Duckett’s American Dream Story

Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking and a Sam Houston High School graduate, is thankful for her strong ties to The American Dream City.

“Growing up in Arlington was a really special time in my life,” Duckett said. “When you think about it, Arlington is The American Dream City and my dreams really started here in Arlington.”

Duckett became the CEO of JPMorgan Chase’s consumer banking division in late September 2016, the first African-American to hold that job at the nation’s largest bank by assets.

“I’ve said it before, I’m on the shoulders of giants,” Duckett said. “I’m first generation integration. It means everything. It means that I’m able to live out my purpose in life, which is to inspire others. It means I’m able to show what’s possible, to not just African Americans, to not just women, but to everyone.”

As the Chief Executive Officer of Chase Consumer Banking, she oversees a banking network with more than $684 billion dollars in deposits and investments, 5,300 branches, 18,000 ATMs and more than 47,000 employees – including 3,000 financial advisors – serving 23 million households nationwide.

Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Duckett was a Director of Emerging Markets at Fannie Mae, where she led the implementation of national strategies designed to increase homeownership among African Americans and Hispanics across the country.

Thasunda Brown Duckett continues to make a substantial impact on the Arlington community. The George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, a three-story, 80,000-square-foot library of tomorrow, opened to much fanfare in June. Duckett was the library’s largest individual donor. The Otis and Rosie Brown Living Room on the library’s first floor is named in honor of Duckett’s parents.

She also founded the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation in her parents’ name, an organization that celebrates local companies that work in the local community to help create extraordinary stories of kindness, giving and stewardship. The Fourth Annual Extraordinary Is Awards Gala was hosted at Globe Life Park in Arlington on November 9, 2018. The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation donated scholarships to high school academic scholars and athletes at the event, part of the organization’s commitment to present $10,000 over the next five years to deserving high school students.

Click here to watch all of the American Dream Chapter videos on the City of Arlington’s YouTube channel. You can also visit arlington-tx.gov/news/tag/american-dream-city/.