About Us

The Financial Empowerment Network (formerly known as the Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 asset building collaborative of public, private and nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping low and moderate income people become financially stable.

Since our inception in 2006, spearheaded by the active leadership of The City of Seattle and The Seattle Foundation, we have become a prominent force in the state for financial empowerment.

Our Vision

A community where low and moderate income residents are able to achieve financial well-being.

Our Mission

We advance financial empowerment through partnerships which support access to financial coaching, products and resources.

Our Process

We organize our initiatives through a collaborative of organizations or action teams: Bank on Seattle-King County; Financial Education Partners Network (FEPN); EITC/Free Tax Preparation; Homeownership and Foreclosure Intervention and Integration of Financial Empowerment into other Service Systems.

To increase capacity, we look to our Board of Directors with support from our Initiative Chairs to help identify the needs of our community and advise the best course of action. This strategy has resulted in successfully securing the collaboration of many organizations in providing quality financial empowerment services, avoiding duplication of services, creating system change, and helping agencies make connections with each other to improve outcomes for their clients.

Board of Directors:  Grace Adriano, KCHA; Jerry DeGrieck, Public Health Seattle and King County; Diana Dollar, The Prosperity Agenda; Michael Dotson, Banner Bank; Vicki Foege, HomeStreet Bank; John Kim, Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI); Lyn Peters, Department of Financial Institutions (DFI); and Jenny Walden, United Way of King County.

Initiative Chairs:  Lydia Assefa-Dawson, KCHA; Laura Fletcher, Ventures; Sameth Mell, Mt Baker Housing; Tom McKay, NJP; Emerson Sekins, NW Access Fund; Linda Taylor, Urban League; and Emily Vyhnanek, UWKC—EITC Free Tax Campaign.