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Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp, Inc., a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has announced Joycelin Randle as its Senior Manager, Investor Relations & Stakeholder Engagement, a key role in supporting the mission-focused organization’s impact and growth potential.

“We are thrilled to welcome Joycelin to the Southern Bancorp team,” said Kenya Davenport, Interim President of Southern Bancorp Community Partners. “Utilizing the support of partnerships and investments to create greater impacts for underserved communities is an important function of our mission. Joycelin’s extensive background and expertise in this field will be invaluable assets for our institution and the people and places we serve.”

Randle brings more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and relationship management to her role with Southern Bancorp. Most recently, she served as the Director of Individual Giving for the Arkansas Children’s Foundation, through which she developed and managed the mid-level giving team and advanced relationships with major and planned giving donors. Prior to this, she was the Senior Development Officer for Arkansas Children’s.

She has held similar roles and responsibilities for other notable organizations over the years, including Senior Director of Development for the University of Oregon School of Law; Executive Director of Development for the University of Central Arkansas; and Director of Development for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

In her new role with Southern Bancorp, Randle will attract additional partnerships and investments to support the CDFI’s work and strategic growth plan, as well as engage and maximize the support of its existing network of partners and stakeholders. As a mission-focused institution, Southern Bancorp leverages these types of relationships to support some of its most deep-impact resources for low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities, such as downpayment assistance for first-time home buyers, matched savings accounts for families below the poverty line, and flexible lending programs.

“It’s an honor to join such an impactful and values-driven team at Southern Bancorp,” said Joycelin Randle. “Much of my career has revolved around turning organizational relationships into benefits for customers and constituents. I am humbled for the opportunity to do this work in support of the under-resourced communities that we exist to serve.”

A North Little Rock, Ark., native, Randle graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas State University, and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University Law School. She is actively involved in her local community and in various organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arkansas Chapter; Vanderbilt Law School Alumni; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Junior League of North Little Rock; Jack and Jill of America, Greater Little Rock Chapter; and the Arkansas State Alumni Association.



About Southern Bancorp
Founded in 1986 by some of the nation’s leading political, business, and philanthropic leaders with an initial investment of $10 million, Southern Bancorp, Inc., along with its development partners – Southern Bancorp Bank and Southern Bancorp Community Partners – has grown into a $2.6 billion asset organization with 56 locations serving 65,000 customers across two states. Southern Bancorp has a unique array of financial products and services designed to help individuals at all stages of life’s financial journey – from teaching kids how to save to helping entrepreneurs and families realize the American Dream. Southern Bancorp is a certified Community Development Financial Institution, certified B-Corp, and proud member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Learn more at and