A Founder’s Story
Lizzie L. Evans
Founder, UFSC-Puget Sound Chapter
Ms. Lizzie L. Evans was born in Palestine, Texas to a household of seven children. She was a corporate philanthropist from birth. Her interest in financial literacy started as a child born in poverty with a yearning desire to understand late night discussions amongst her parents about money. Liz states, “I wanted to know what it was and why we didn’t have any.” Lizzie’s foundation was spiritually rich yet financially poor; giving her the fuel needed for economic development and growth.
Lizzie started working when she was nine years old as a field hand picking peas for sharecroppers in East Texas during the summer months and as a restaurant dishwasher during school months. She joined the U. S. Marine Corps shortly after high school graduation in 1982. She served eight years of active duty while acquiring a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Accounting from National University in San Diego, CA. After graduating in 1990, she decided to apply her knowledge, skills, and abilities in the civilian workforce. She quickly ascended through the ranks from Staff Accountant to three stints as a Controller all within eight years, primarily working in the real estate industry. In 1998, she joined the FDIC and recently retired as a commissioned bank examiner in March 2009. She found the Puget Sound Interest Group aka the UFSC-Puget Sound Chapter on May 14, 2007.
As a corporate and community volunteer, Ms. Evans is a founder of several volunteer groups including Project Africa and the Running Club for the Kids of Micronesia and Central District Youth With Purpose. She has volunteered in Neighborhood Works, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Team In Training), Seattle Works Day, First A.M. E. Church activities, and the UFSC Los Angeles (LA) Chapter Credit Awareness Program. It was the experience gained from teaching inner city youth at Crenshaw High School about basic money management skills that Liz finally realized the “American Dream” and purchased her first condominium in Los Angeles in 2001. The professional development and support received from mentor Linda Smith of UFSC LA Chapter was pivotal in sustaining Ms. Evans’ career with the FDIC. The invaluable referral to the UFSC through Reverend Cecil “Chip” Murray is why Ms. Evans gives back and strives to “Make a Difference” in her community.
Lizzie is the immediate past International UFSC Western Region Vice President. She is currently a re-elected third-year Precinct Committee Officer for the 43rd Legislative District, appointed Steward at First A.M.E. Church, and CEO, Chairman, and Founder of eEnterprises International (an incubator for transformation). Additionally, she volunteers for Operation Hope and is supporting a Hope Express Center in Seattle. Financial education and planning is key to economic sustainment.
In her grounding moments, Lizzie enjoys listening to jazz, yoga, and journaling for her one day to be released #1 New York Times Bestseller. She travels throughout the U.S. and abroad to spend quiet time with family and friends. Her favorite quote from her deceased mother, “Nothing beats a failure but a try” is the spark to her flame.
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