The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod’s Scott Kwarta Appointed to Friends or Relatives With Autism and Related Disabilities (FORWARD) Board of Directors

Filed Under: Leadership, Banking

HYANNIS, Mass. (May 16, 2024) – The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has announced that Chief Operating and Risk Officer Scott Kwarta has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Friends or Relatives with Autism and Related Disabilities (FORWARD), a Dennis-based nonprofit focused on building affordable housing for adults with autism.

Scott Kwarta

Kwarta, an accomplished professional with more than 25 years of experience in senior roles at several leading financial institutions in New England, will serve as treasurer and chief of the finance committee during his tenure on the FORWARD Board of Directors.

“Our FORWARD at the Rock housing project for adults with autism draws upon support from Cape towns, allied nonprofit organizations and fundraising efforts,” said Kathy Ohman, President of FORWARD. “Scott’s devotion to philanthropy and community service, along with his financial expertise, will catalyze what FORWARD is able to accomplish for adults with autism in our community and ensure they can thrive in a safe and healthy environment. His work here will touch a lot of lives.”

“FORWARD is a remarkable organization, and I look forward to serving on its Board of Directors to help advance its mission and expand its presence in the region,” said Kwarta. “FORWARD is meeting a critical need to provide therapeutic, supportive home environments that greatly improve quality of life for residents.”

Kwarta, of Falmouth, is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fordham University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands.


FORWARD, which stands for Friends or Relatives with Autism and Related Disabilities, is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2014 for the purpose of building homes for adults with autism. It is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation registered in Massachusetts. FORWARD’s mission is to build affordable and supportive forever homes that enable adults with autism and related developmental disabilities to thrive in an appropriate, caring, safe and healthy environment.

About The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod is an independent mutual community bank with more than $1.5B in assets and 170 employees. The Coop is a member of both the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF), which means 100% of deposit balances are insured in full.

The Coop delivers a robust suite of digital and traditional banking products including mobile and online banking, person-to-person payments, business loans, mortgages, cash management, credit cards, merchant card transaction processing, payroll services and checking and savings accounts. The bank also offers dedicated staff and customized programs to support businesses of all sizes, a major driver of the regional economy, by offering products including construction loans, mortgage loans, lines of credit, term loans and time notes.

Through The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust, the bank is a prominent philanthropic partner with local nonprofits addressing needs and challenges of the community and named a 2021 and 2022 Top 100 Charitable Organization by the Boston Business Journal.

Headquartered in Hyannis, The Coop also operates nine full-service branch locations throughout Cape Cod and a mortgage office in Provincetown. For additional information, please visit, or call 508-568-3400.