Pedro Arce, M&T Bank Senior Vice President, is Appointed to Serve as an Advisor to the Equalizer Institute


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Pedro Arce, M&T Bank Senior Vice President, is Appointed to Serve as an Advisor to the Equalizer Institute

May 14, 2024

Pedro Arce
Senior Vice President
M&T Bank 

BOSTON – The New England Legal Foundation (NELF –, the leading legal advocate for free enterprise and innovation in the region, is honored to welcome Pedro Arce to serve as an advisor for the Equalizer Institute, a social economic justice initiative of NELF. Once launched, the Equalizer Institute will provide free corporate legal services to help underserved entrepreneurs start their businesses.

Pedro Arce is a Senior Vice President at M&T Bank and has been at the bank since 2018. Pedro started his career with Bank of Boston in 1991 and has experience in Retail Banking, Community Development and Commercial lending. Currently, he is the Team Leader for the Central and Western Mass Business Banking Group at M&T.

He has severed in an advisory and board capacity for ACCION USA, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Mass Housing, Adelante Youth Center, Merrimack Valley YMCA, the Lower Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, Vamos Ventures, Cambridge College and Beyond Soccer. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration on Multinational Commerce from Boston University.

Pedro encourages and promotes partnerships that help small business from start-ups, to the micro-business level to mature businesses. M&T was named SBA Minority Lender of the Year in 2023.

“We are so fortunate to have a business leader of Pedro’s experience and stature to advise the Equalizer Institute,” said NELF President Dan Winslow.  “We plan to have our initial launch in Boston as a national model that can be repeated in other cities where the entrepreneurial spirit yearns to breathe free.”




About the Equalizer Institute – The Equalizer Institute is a social economic justice initiative of the New England Legal Foundation that will provide corporate free legal assistance for underserved entrepreneurs to start their new businesses. The Equalizer Institute is generously funded by grants from the Cummings Foundation, Rappaport Foundation, M&T Bank, and other contributors.


About the New England Legal Foundation – Founded in 1977, the New England Legal Foundation (NELF) is the leading non-partisan, non-profit public interest law firm in the region dedicated to economic liberty. NELF’s ongoing mission is to champion free enterprise, property rights, limited government based on rule of law, and inclusive economic growth. We believe that free enterprise is a foundational value of a democratic society and the best opportunity for people to lift themselves to prosperity.




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