The Citi Salutes network is 2,000 strong and growing

Elizabeth Howe
December 19, 2018 - 12:21 pm

Photo courtesy of Citi

Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is Citi.

Born in New York in 1812, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a broad range of financial services and products. The company now operates 16 networks supporting military veterans and families in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. They also employ more than 2,000 self-identified veterans and military spouses. 

Citi formalized its longtime support for veterans and military families in 2012 by launching the Citi Salutes program which centralizes all of Citi's resources and services for veterans in one easy-to-access network.  

These resources include housing support through a partnership with Local Initiative Support Corporation and its investment affiliate, the National Equity Fund. Through this partnership, Citi Salutes offers pre-developmental funding for transitional, supportive, temporary, and permanent housing for veterans and military families. Since 2012, this initiative has helped create over 3,600 units of affordable housing, 2,500 of which are dedicated to homeless, at-risk, and low-income veterans, service members, and their families. 

Citi also partnered with Military.com to launch Transition, a free mobile app that offers resources, a skills translator, and checklists to prepare 18 months from separation, 12 months from separation, and 6 months from separation. Since the app's launch, it has been downloaded more than 27,000 times. 

Beyond these resources, Citi also offers training and transition programs both in-house and through its partnership with Columbia University's Center for Veteran Transition and Integration. Citi's in-house program is the Military Officer Leadership Program — a dedicated 24-month development program that supports veterans with a high potential for future leadership roles. 

"Our veterans have served their country selflessly. They've put their lives and their careers on hold for us to keep us safe," said retired Air Force Col. Ruth Christopherson, senior vice president of Citi Community Development and Citi Salutes. "With the number of veterans that transition each year — 250,000 and 120,000 spouses — we have a huge population with a lot of talent and commitment."

Christopherson has worked in her role at Citi for over 20 years and knows that veterans offer job skills hard to come by in the civilian population. 

"These folks are able to provide such skills that we don't always see with the pool of employees we have in the general community," Christopherson said. "They have highly-honed leadership skills, they're very quick learners, they're team players. They get the job done. Their work ethic has no rival. They're dedicated to accomplishing — with excellence — the mission they're given. It's what they do. We want veterans to have worthwhile careers in whatever industry they choose."

For more information and job resources, visit Citi's careers page.

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