An African American female banker is among the finalists vying to replace Gloria Pace King as president of Charlotte’s United Way, according to information reported in today’s Charlotte Observer.

Tami Simmons, a Wells Fargo executive and a YWCA board member, is said to be among a handful of people still under consideration, the Observer reported.

Simmons, 50, helps oversee some $226 million the bank gives to charity each year, the Observer said. She spoke on behalf of the bank in 2007 when it donated $1 million to Johnson C. Smith University for scholarships.

Simmons joined Wachovia, now Wells Fargo, in 1993, and was director of corporate diversity recruiting and manager of recruiting before being named senior vice president under Wells Fargo.

The Observer did not identify Simmons by race, but an editor there confirmed to that she is African American.

King was fired in September amid public outrage over her $1.2 million pay package, which had been approved by many of the directors who voted to fire her. Like Simmons, King is African American.

King’s termination raised allegations from some in the black community that she had been unfairly treated because of race and gender.

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