Posted on April 9, 2023



ITHACA, NY (April 10, 2023) – Tompkins Community Bank announced that Johanna Anderson has been appointed to president of the bank’s Central New York (CNY) market.  Currently, Anderson serves as executive director of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS).  In addition, she has been a member of the Tompkins CNY board of directors for the past three years, offering strategic insight and organizational expertise in line with the bank’s goals and mission. In her new role, she will be responsible for the bank’s growth, community and client engagement and stakeholder relations throughout its Central New York market, as well as fostering relationships with clients of Tompkins insurance and wealth affiliates.  Her official appointment at Tompkins will begin on July 10, prior to which she will remain at INHS to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. 

“Johanna has a proven ability to lead organizations to success with passion, diverse expertise, and a growth mindset,” said Daniel Fessenden, chair of Tompkins’ Central New York Board of Directors. “She has been an invaluable asset to our board in her three years of service, and we know she will bring the same fervor for success to her new position.” 

Anderson is well-known throughout the community for her expertise in residential and consumer lending and affordable housing development work, as well as her advocacy for financial education. Over the course of her career, she has accumulated deep experience in commercial real estate development and management, organizational strategy and stakeholder communication. In her more than five years as executive director of INHS, Anderson has actively led the mission to build affordable housing developments, as well as support homeowners and renters with financial and maintenance services.  In her prior position, she served as the chief credit officer of Home HeadQuarters, Inc., where she managed the process and production of all lending products and oversaw the development of credit approval processes. She also spent six years as the director of community development for Four Directions Development Corporation, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the social and economic conditions of the Native American tribes through education and investment in affordable housing, tribal business ventures, banking the unbanked and entrepreneurship.  

“Johanna brings a unique and impressive portfolio of experience to Tompkins, paired with a tangible desire to build toward growth while fostering economic wellness in the communities we serve,” said John McKenna, president of Tompkins Community Bank. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with such an impressive leader and am eager to see the positive impact she will have on our Tompkins team.” 

Active in the community, Anderson has served as the director of several nonprofit boards throughout her career. Her current positions include director of the Ithaca Area Economic Development Board of Directors and Finance Committee; the Kendal at Ithaca Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee; and the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development Board of Directors. An M.B.A. recipient from Husson University, Anderson resides with her family in Montour Falls, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. 

About Tompkins 

Founded in 1836, Tompkins Community Bank serves the Central, Western, and Hudson Valley regions of New York, and the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Through their unique local decision-making model, the bank offers personalized service and exceptional responsiveness, while delivering a broad range of products and services for consumers and businesses. Insurance services are offered through Tompkins Insurance Agencies, and wealth management services are available through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information is available at  


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