I am the daughter of an immigrant single mother who crossed the border while I was in the womb. I was born and grew up in Phoenix AZ and ended up in the Pacific Northwest by way of my stepfather pursing a job opportunity. I love Oregon and am so glad it became my home. Currently I am a business professional who regularly struggles with existing in two worlds: the traditional/white male dominated work of finance and the passion I have for advancing the tenants of intersectional feminism.
I started my current position as Vice President, Client Experience Officer at Pacific West Bank in 2018. I have spent more than 15 years in the financial services industry with expertise in the areas of branch operations, team management and treasury services for commercial clients. In addition to managing a portfolio of business clients, I focus on optimizing bank processes and policies to ensure clients are receiving an exceptional experience.
I currently serve on the finance committee for Women’s Foundation of Oregon and will be taking part in the Foundation’s inaugural “Giving Project” cohort that will kick off in 2019. As far as past engagement, I am a 2014 graduate of Leadership Portland, was a member and served as secretary on the Portland YWCA Leadership Board, served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and have volunteered with many other organizations in Portland including SMART, Junior Achievement, SEI, Raphael House, Call to Safety and Friends of the Children. I have also participated in various lobbying efforts in Salem to advocate for small businesses and women’s health initiatives.
I am deeply committed to using any and all tools at my disposal to support organizations and other individuals who are fighting for a more equitable community, both locally and beyond. Sometimes that means giving money or my time/skills. Other times it means being an advocate by raising awareness or difficult questions. I believe that we can all give more, especially those of us that enjoy privilege and success – we absolutely have a responsibility to remove barriers for underserved and underrepresented groups.