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

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 and broker 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.

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, Consultant; and Jenny Walden, United Way of King County.

Initiative Chairs:  Lydia Assefa-Dawson, KCHA; Trevor Hanlin, Columbia Bank; Celestine Berrysmith, Solid Ground; Sameth Mell, Consultant; Tom McKay, NJP; Emerson Sekins, NW Access Fund; Linda Taylor, Urban League; and Emily Vyhnanek, UWKC—EITC Free Tax Campaign.