National Community Lender Welcomes MetaBank Executive to Governing Board

March 29

Anthony Sharett brings strategic, financial, and philanthropic leadership


For Immediate Release 
Contact: Amber Kani, Director of Communications | 505-317-5154 

Phoenix (March 29, 2022) – DreamSpring, a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that supports underserved small businesses in Arizona and across the country, has elected MetaBank President, Anthony Sharett, to its governing board of directors.

Sharett brings his extensive experience in strategic leadership, governance, and community impact to the board appointment, which will enhance DreamSpring as it focuses on scaling lending and outreach initiatives to rural, diverse, and underserved communities across 19 states.

“Throughout my career, my work has been at the intersection of finance, business leadership, and governance. Across these sectors, I have seen the critical role access to capital plays in creating equity. DreamSpring is at the forefront of community development finance, and I am excited for the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and expand financial inclusion,” said Sharett.

In addition to his executive role with MetaBank, Sharett is engaged in community stewardship roles with the Arizona Community Foundation, Valley of the Sun United Way, and Greater Phoenix Leadership. He also has been nationally recognized for his diversity, equity, and inclusion work, particularly with the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity. Sharett’s past professional experience includes serving as a partner at BakerHostetler and business leadership positions with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

“Anthony’s deep financial expertise and commitment to purpose-driven lending align closely with DreamSpring’s mission, and our entire team is honored to have such a prominent champion of economic opportunity join our board,” said DreamSpring President and CEO Anne Haines. “With a proven track record of advocacy and passion for creating a more inclusive financial system, Anthony will help to propel our work forward.”

DreamSpring’s board of directors is comprised of volunteer leaders who reflect national leadership and relevant industry expertise to advance financial inclusion. A full list of DreamSpring board members is available online at 


About DreamSpring 

DreamSpring is a nonprofit community lender dedicated to eliminating systemic wealth inequities and accelerating the economic inclusion and strength of underserved communities. Founded in 1994, the organization, which operates in 19 states, provides rapid access to capital and customized wrap-around support to the most vulnerable small business owners, focusing on communities including people of color, women, low- to moderate-income earners, people with disabilities, and start-ups. To date, DreamSpring has issued more than 42,000 loans totaling over $465 million to small businesses that support an estimated 72,000 jobs. Learn more at 


About MetaBank®, N.A. 

MetaBank®, N.A., a national bank, is a subsidiary of Meta Financial Group, Inc.® (Nasdaq: CASH), a South Dakota-based financial holding company. At MetaBank, our mission is financial inclusion for all®. We strive to remove barriers to financial access and promote economic mobility by working with third parties to provide responsible, secure, high quality financial products that contribute to the social and economic benefit of communities at the core of the real economy. MetaBank works to increase financial availability, choice, and opportunity for all. Additional information can be found by visiting