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.

2021 Board of Directors: Grace Adriano, King County Housing Authority; John Babauta, Addison Avenue Investment Services; Michael  Dotson, Banner Bank;  Becky House, American Financial Solutions, Rishabh Jain, Navia Benefit Solutions; Jamie Kaku, HomeStreet Bank; John Kim, Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority; and Linda Taylor, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

2021 Initiative Chairs:  Lydia Assefa-Dawson, King County Housing Authority; Thusharie Gooneratne, JP Morgan Chase; Becky House, American Financial Solutions; Tom McKay, Northwest Justice Project; Adam Stein, Columbia Bank; Brenda Snyder, Washington Treasurer’s Office; 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: Lydia Assefa Dawson, King County Housing Authority; Becky House, American Financial Solutions; Carmen Marttila, Jr Achievement of Washington; Barbara Maxwell, Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC); Liz Myntti, Lower Columbia Cap; Jared Schapiro, Workforce Snohomish; and  Devin Stubblefield, Faith Finance Center.