Creating Opportunity For Everyone

When we say we’re Here for What’s Next®, we don’t just mean assisting customers with their next home purchase, business venture or savings plan. Through progressive initiatives, listening and learning, and continual evaluation and self-reflection, we are working towards a better, more inclusive future for all. Learn more about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts below.

Anthony N. Leo

Former CEO, BayFirst

“We are creating an institution where employees are proud to work and customers are proud to bank by focusing on the values and acknowledging the differences of our community and team.”

Championing DEI in Our Community

As a community bank, our commitment to improving lives runs deep and includes focusing on the greater impact we have on the communities we serve.

Impact, our community engagement program, encourages and increases volunteerism throughout BayFirst Bank. Through Impact, we maintain a corporate-wide focus on local nonprofits in the four key areas of Community and Human Services, Education and Financial Literacy, Arts and Culture, and Animal Services and Programs.

Our Partner List

Supporting DEI Through our Business Initiatives

Through unique programs, we assist those who face unnecessary obstacles on their journey toward achieving their dreams.

We continue to seek new ways to better support every member of the community with the openings of loan production offices and financial resource centers in underserved neighborhoods. Our first, in the North Sarasota community of Newtown provides:

  • Personal and commercial loans
  • Financial education and outreach programs
  • Business resources for residents and business owners
  • A no-fee ATM, providing free access to funds

Essential Checking

Our Essential Checking Account is designed to help those in difficult credit circumstances get their banking back on track. 

Minority Owned Business Lending Program

Our MOBLP underscores our commitment to combating the financial challenges facing minority-owned small businesses. In the first 10 months we more than doubled our two-year lending goal of $50 million and are just getting started.

Instilling DEI into Our Culture

We are building an environment where everyone is given the opportunity to succeed, and the different perspectives and experiences of our team members guide us in addressing issues affecting BayFirst, our customers, and our community.

Minimum Wage

We've established a minimum wage of $18 per hour to ensure responsible growth of the institution while best serving the needs of our customers and diverse workforce.

NAMMBA Partnership

Through a partnership with the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America, we provide our lending officers the education they need to become Certified Community Lenders and increase the engagement of minorities within the mortgage industry.


Our DEI Council spearheads the development of internal and external programs to ensure the bank remains aligned with the ever-evolving world around us. As an institution, we are also focused on strengthening our diversity at every level of the organization to best reflect the diverse community we serve.

Open Communication

We continuously seek the input of our employees through surveys, forums, and one-on-one conversation. Their interests, concerns and suggestions shape our culture and guide our DEI Council.

Supporting Women in the Business

BayFirst is committed to supporting women entrepreneurs as they start and grow their small businesses.

We’ve partnered with Working Women of Tampa Bay to celebrate and uplift women business owners in our community through events including:

•  Women Mean Business Expo
•  Glass Ceilings Are Meant To Be Broken DEI Panel Discussion
•  Power of Women Networking Luncheon

Impact Chart

Standing With The LGBTQ+ Community

We are proud to support the LGBTQ+ Community.

VP, Banking Center Manager Stacia Schrader has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in partnership with the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber as an LGBTQ+ Ally. At BayFirst, she is unwavering in her commitment to promoting awareness of and solidarity with the LGBT community. As a member of our Pride Committee, Stacia has played a pivotal role in BayFirst’s overall efforts to advance equality through her support of and relationships with:

  • Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Girls Rock Camp
  • Balance Tampa Bay
  • Metro Health

Contributing To Success In The Hispanic Community

VP, Commercial Lending Officer, Anthony Perez was selected as the 2022 Hispanic Man of the Year by Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. This lifetime achievement award recognizes Anthony's commitment to success in our community. Anthony serves as the Chairman for the USF Latin Scholarship Advisory Committee and recently started a not-for-profit organization, Covered Hearts. 

Read the full press release here.

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Are you looking to join an organization where DEI is at the heart of it all? Check out our open positions here.

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