Who We Are

The Financial Empowerment Network (formerly known as the Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 in Washington state dedicated to helping low and moderate-income people become financially stable.

Since FEN’s inception in 2006, spearheaded by the active leadership of the City of Seattle, Washington Appleseed, and The Seattle Foundation, we have become a prominent force in the region for financial empowerment

Our Vision

We envision communities where low- and moderate-income individuals and families are able to achieve financial well-being.

Our Mission

We advance financial empowerment through partnerships that support access to affordable, effective, and relevant services, products, and other resources.

Our Process

We serve as a liaison to create connections, disseminate evidence-based and promising practices, and bring resources to a network of providers in order to integrate financial empowerment into other services including anti-poverty strategies.

Our Values

Respect & Dignity, Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Integrity & Trust

Bank On

Bank On Washington 
Ziquora Banks, Verity Credit Union
Becky House, American Financial Solutions
Thushari Gooneratne, JPM Chase
Barbara Maxwell, Blue Mountain Action Council & Walla Walla ABC
Adam Stein, Columbia Bank

Bank On Washington Forum Planning Committee
Ryan Davis, Washington Asset-Building Coalition
Jenefeness Franke, Fiscal Finesse
Thushari Gooneratne, JPM Chase 
Becky House, American Financial Solutions 
Jesse Johnson, Washington Treasurer’s Office 
Abby Karpowitz, WorkForce Snohomish
Mandy Lee, Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department
Erin Lopez, WA Department of Financial Institutions 
Alexandra Manuel, Community Member 
Barbara Maxwell, Blue Mountain Action Council/Walla Walla ABC
Rachel McHugh, Sound Outreach/Pierce County ABC 
John McKenney, Washington Treasurer’s Office
Jennifer Quiroz, Financial Empowerment Network
Erwin Reeves, FDIC 
Jared Schapiro, WorkForce Snohomish/Snohomish ABC 
Adam Stein, Columbia Bank
Linda Taylor, Urban League
Cathie Winegar, WA Trust Bank

Seattle-King County Youth-Led Bank On
Thushari Gooneratne, JPM Chase
Barbara Phillips, Community Network Council 
Erwin Reeves, FDIC
Dr. Eddie Moore, SteamVestments

Integration of Financial Empowerment into Service Systems

Financial Coaches Network Co-Chairs
Barbara Maxwell, BMAC, Walla Walla
Donna O’Conner, Hopelink

Financial Coaches Network Steering Committee
Jennifer Quiroz, Financial Empowerment Network
Barbara  Maxwell, Blue Mountain Action Council
Donna O’Connor, Hopelinke
Charnell Morud, Verity Credit Union
John McKenney, Office of the State Treasurer
Keith Madsen, Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
Abby Karpowitz, Workforce Snohomish 
Thushari Gooneratne, JPMorgan Chase
Phillip Godinez, Finance Its Personal
Becky House, American Financial Solutions
Aaron Rodriguez, El Centro de la Raza
Tim Jumper, Sound Outreach
Lisa Jones, NW Access Fund
Lynn Willis, United Way Pierce County

Financial Empowerment Trainer’s Task Force 
Lydia Assefa-Dawson, King County Housing Authority 
Phillip Godinez, Reach your Goals Personal Finance Coaching
Thushari Gooneratne, JPM Chase
Becky House, American Financial Solutions
Mandy Lee, Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department
Carmen Marttila, Junior Achievement
Charnell Morud, Verity Credit Union
Liz Myntti, Lower Columbia CAP
Donna O’Conner, Hopelink
Kaitlin Ortiz-Casper, Harborstone Credit Union
Jared Schapiro, Workforce Snohomish
Devin Stubblefield, ICF & Change Machine

Homeownership & Foreclosure Prevention
Tom McKay, Northwest Justice Project (NJP)
Linda Taylor, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

EITC and Free Tax Campaign 
United Way of King County

Jennifer Quiroz

Jennifer Quiroz

Executive Director

John Kim

John Kim

Board President

Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority

Becky House

Becky House

Board Vice President

American Financial Solutions

Michael Dotson

Michael Dotson

Board Treasurer

Banner Bank

Grace Adriano

Grace Adriano

Board Secretary

King County Housing Authority

John Babauta

John Babauta

Board Member

First Tech Federal Credit Union

Rishabh Jain

Rishabh Jain

Board Member

Chief Financial Partners

Jamie Kaku

Jamie Kaku

Board Member

HomeStreet Bank

Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor

Board Member

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle