About Us

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 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, King County Housing Authority; John Babauta, First Tech Federal Credit Union; Jerry DeGrieck, Public Health Seattle and King County; Michael Dotson, Banner Bank; Jeff Friend, City of Tukwila; Rishabh Jain, Navia Benefit Solutions, John Kim, Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority, and Becky House, American Financial Solutions.

2020 Initiative Chairs:  Lydia Assefa-Dawson, King County Housing Authority; Becky House, American Financial Solutions, Tom McKay, Northwest Justice Project; and Linda Taylor, Urban League.

Financial Empowerment Trainers Task Force
There is a growing need to expand continuing education and retain qualified trainers to ensure the sustainability of ongoing financial training for nonprofit professionals in Washington state.

The Regional Task Force’s objective is to vet existing curricula, develop criteria and an application process for trainers, review and recommend workshop pricing strategies and recommendations for ongoing financial education development for professionals in the field.

Task Force members include Liz Myntti-Lower Columbia Cap, Devin Stubblefield-Faith Financial Center, Becky House-American Financial Solutions, Jared Schapiro, Workforce Snohomish, Carmen Marttila-Jr. Achievement, Barbara Maxwell, Blue Mountain Action Council, and Lydia Assefa Dawson-King County Housing Authority.