From the: Winter 2021/2022 Newsletter

Erin Lopez

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Erin Lopez Nielsen, DFI’s new Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Lopez comes to us with more than two decades of DEI experience working with organizations and agencies and hit the ground running. In her first few weeks, she helped us connect with community organizations, been added to statewide committees focused on equity, assessed areas of impact available to us, and is keeping us focused on increasing our DEI efforts - both internally and externally. Her passion for, energy toward and commitment to DEI work is evident in her already immense engagement in all aspects of DFI’s operations.

“I am excited to join you as the first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. To me, this role provides the rare opportunity to align my lifelong passion for equity with my background in finance and economic development. I look forward to collaborating and learning from each other to create a better financial future for all Washingtonians by bringing in diverse perspectives and innovating to lead change. While in an industry with high regulations and requirements, it is through leaning into curiosity and sharing your perspectives that good ideas can move to reality. Success to me is remaining the premier agency people want to work for and celebrating in a financial system all Washingtonians can enjoy participating in.”