President’s Message

UFSC-Puget Sound Chapter History

The Urban Financial Services Coalition – Puget Sound Chapter (UFSC-PS) is a 501 C 6 non-profit organization of culturally diverse professionals in the financial services industry and related fields. Chartered on June 4, 2009, the organization is an affiliate of the UFSC formerly known as the National Association of Urban Bankers.

Voted 2010’s Most Inspirational Chapter in the UFSC Western Region

Greetings from the President

I am pleased to write my first entry as president of the Urban Financial Services Coalition, Puget Sound chapter. Since 2013, UFSC Puget Sound has been monumental in my professional development, and education. I want to start off by thanking my family for all of the support in supporting me being a part of something bigger than myself at home and in the Seattle-Tacoma community. I am proud to be a member of a national organization, with a path for people from diverse backgrounds to raise funds, promote financial literacy in the financial services industry, and education.

I also want to thank Lizzie Evans, Michael Gartrell and the rest of the 2017 Board. It is because of this non profit organization, I now have ties with astounding Board members; and partners like the African Chamber of Commerce, Key Bank and the World Trade Center. I want to bring together Black and Brown professionals from all industries such as banking, business, accounting and financial services. We can combine these people with computer programmers, fundraisers, media and communications strategists, engineers and marketing analysts. As a Master of Science student in Software Engineering, I can bridge major gaps between financial services and sustainable new technologies. Our future clients and partners can have these same opportunities.

With this leadership opportunity, comes a great amount of access. My plan is to bring this type of access to our Seattle community so that people living in urban areas can learn the importance of financial literacy, and be involved. Initially, my plan starting off will be to fulfill sponsorship obligations with our wonderful Small Business Resource Centre clients, and Corporate Members.

The UFSC as an organization, is dedicated to reaching 2022 members by the year 2022, that is an initiative that I can rally with. I want kids and college students living in Seattle to look at myself and my colleagues and see that they too have the tools to be reach their goals.With our office inside of the illustrious Columbia Center, I feel like being president on the Board of the Urban Financial Services Coalition, Puget Sound Chapter will allow me to build upon the community service experience that I have from attending Portland State University. I hope to help this non profit organization surpass every financial, charity and diversity goal set forth.

Thank you for your support, I hope to see you all soon.

Best wishes,
DeLon R. Lewis
Urban Financial Services Coalition – Puget Sound Chapter