About Us

We Are a Financial Cooperative That Exists to Actively Serve Our Membership

Governance

Doing the Right Thing Comes Naturally

In the Credit Union tradition, BECU has developed fair and ethical guiding principles designed to serve our membership. This includes open communication about our financial standing. BECU is a cooperative society organized under Washington state law as a nonprofit corporation. BECU promotes thrift among its members and creates a source of credit for them at fair and reasonable rates of interest. BECU is dedicated to "people helping people" and will strive to serve its members by providing superior financial products and services.

Read the BECU Articles of Incorporation

Board of Directors

As a member-owned cooperative, BECU is governed by a Board of Directors that is responsible for guiding the general direction of the credit union in the best interests of the membership and in accordance with BECU bylaws. We are proud to have this group of qualified professionals dedicate their time to serve BECU.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee provides oversight of the audit function of the credit union as well as the safety and soundness of the credit union through monitoring risks and controls associated with its business objectives, strategies, and plans.

Stipends

By paying a reasonable stipend to Officials for their time and effort, BECU enhances its ability to attract and retain well-qualified Officials who can further BECU's purpose and strategic goals in a safe and sound manner. Serving as an Official of BECU requires a substantial commitment of time and effort and well-qualified individuals are in demand by other organizations to serve in governance capacities. Consequently, BECU believes that the payment of stipends to its Officials is in BECU's best interests.

BECU and an independent third-party consultant periodically review Official stipends to ensure that they are:

  • Proportional to the services provided;
  • Reasonable considering our financial condition; and
  • Comparable to compensation paid by organizations of a similar size, location, and operational complexity.

View Stipend Disclosure

Executive Management Team

The BECU Executive Management Team is responsible for ensuring that the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of BECU support our credit union principles and bring value to members and our local communities.

Compensation for BECU's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is set by the BECU Board of Directors' Compensation Committee and reviewed every other year. Compensation is determined based on a variety of factors and includes base salary, annual incentive pay, long-term incentive pay, and retirement benefits. This approach delivers a balanced, yet competitive pay-for-performance compensation model that attracts and retains high-performing leaders who are responsible for the stability and sustained growth of BECU, the financial health of our members, and our unique culture that fosters and celebrates engaged, caring employees.

View the process for setting CEO compensation.

2024 Annual Meeting Information

BECU's Annual Membership Meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at approximately 6:30 p.m. At the meeting the Audit Committee's Annual Report and election results will be presented to the membership.

Annual Meeting Rules of Procedure (PDF)

2023 Annual Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

BECU Board of Directors

Patrick is currently the Head of Small Business & Home Lending at Santander Bank, N.A. Previously, he served as an Executive Vice President at KeyBank and was also a member of the Executive Council.

Patrick has held senior leadership roles at Liberty Mutual, Capital One, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Patrick holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an M.S. in IT management from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in finance from Tuskegee University.

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Beverly Anderson

Beverly Anderson

President and CEO

Beverly Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her core areas of focus include strategy development and sustainable growth, overseeing daily operational activities, and fostering BECU's culture of promoting the financial well-being of its members and communities.

Beverly has held executive roles defining and executing growth strategies at Equifax, Wells Fargo, and American Express. She serves on the boards of Expedia Group, Accion, Sword Health, and the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association. Beverly holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in business from Florida A&M University.

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Doug Marshall

Doug Marshall

Advisor to the President and CEO

Doug joined BECU in 2013 and has almost 40 years of experience in the financial services and hospitality industries. Throughout his career, Doug has led Channel, Product, Experience, Brand and Marketing teams at organizations including BECU, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Washington Mutual and Bank of America.

Doug earned his MBA at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business and has served on the boards of First Place, Junior Achievement of Washington and Raining Data.

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Scott Strand

Scott Strand

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Scott joined BECU in 2008 and has over 25 years of experience in banking and financial services. As Chief Operating Officer, Scott leads BECU's core lines of business including retail branch banking, wealth management, commercial and business banking, and consumer, mortgage and indirect lending.

Scott holds a BA from Western Washington University and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, where he continues to serve as a thesis advisor. Scott serves on serval for-profit and nonprofit boards, including Members Trust Company, Landau Associates, United Way of Snohomish County, Greater Seattle Partners, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County and the UW Foster Business Scholl Advisory Board.

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Drew Wolff

Drew Wolff

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Drew leads BECU's finance division, overseeing all aspects of the credit union's financial strategy, management, and performance.

Before joining the executive team, Drew served as BECU's Audit Committee Chairperson and was CFO at Trupanion. He also held senior leader roles at Starbucks, Barclays and Washington Mutual. Drew holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BS in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Mike joined BECU in 2015 and has over 20 years of experience in financial services. Mike leads BECU's corporate governance and legal functions, advising BECU's Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Executive Management Team.

Prior to BECU, Mike was a partner at Miller Nash and an associate at Foley & Lardner. Mike has a law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

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Raquel Karls

Raquel Karls

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Raquel joined BECU in 2023 and has nearly 30 years of global human resources experience. In her role, Karls is responsible for leading teams focused on talent, human resources and equity and inclusion. She also oversees BECU's efforts to develop and implement people and diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that ensure employees continue to be the company's most strategic asset.

Prior to BECU, Raquel served as Chief People Officer for REI and held senior roles at Pepsi Bottling Company, Expedia, Starbucks and Outerwall. Raquel holds a master's degree from the University of Oregon.

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John Stewart

John Stewart

Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer

John leads the Legal, Governance, Risk, and Compliance functions at BECU.

John has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He serves on the boards for the Open Window School and the Institute for Family Development, and is a faculty member of the University of Washington's Computational Finance and Risk Management program. John holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

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Nathan Ramachandran

Nathan Ramachandran

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Nathan leads BECU's technology division, overseeing the modernization of core banking platforms to deliver innovative technologies to BECU's members. He is responsible for teams focused on technology operations, architecture, engineering and business support.

Prior to BECU, Nathan led Accenture's Data and Applied Intelligence division for Financial Services West Market and held leadership roles at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Nathan holds an MS in Mathematics from Annamalai University and a BS in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from University of Madras, in addition to other industry accolades.

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Beth Hale

Beth Hale

Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer and Business Solutions Officer

Beth joined BECU in 2023 with decades of financial services experience. As Chief Consumer and Business Solutions Officer, Beth leads the teams accountable for creating and managing products and services across all BECU lines of business.

Prior to BECU, Beth was the President and Vice Chair of USAA Savings Bank and held leadership roles at Washington Mutual and Bank of the West. Beth holds a BBA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Jason Rudman

Jason Rudman

Executive Vice President and Chief Member and Digital Experience Officer

Jason joined BECU in 2023 and has over 20 years of financial services leadership experience. As chief member and digital experience officer, Jason oversees BECU's member journey across all channels, including its Neighborhood Financial Centers, Contact Centers, ATMs and digital. He also leads Marketing and Communications.

Prior to BECU, Jason was Chief Customer Officer at Finance of America and held senior roles at USAA, KeyBank and American Express. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of NeighborShare and co-founded the Alvin O. McCray and Jason A. Rudman Community College Scholarship with his husband in partnership with Point Foundation. Jason holds an MBA from Baylor University and a BA from Middlesex University of London.

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Rick Eiel

Rick Eiel

Executive Vice President and Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Rick leads BECU's data and analytics division, where he's focused on developing and enabling enterprise data, analytic and insight capabilities that will inform and accelerate the credit union's business strategies, execution and performance.

Prior to BECU, Rick was the Head of Product and Analytics at Equifax and held leadership roles at Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. Rick holds an MBA with concentrations in Information Systems and Economics from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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Shawna Thompson

Executive Vice President and Head of Operations

Shawna leads BECU's operations division with a dedicated focus to operational efficiency and effectiveness across all lending and credit operations, deposits and payments operations, fraud and default management as well as real estate and facilities.

Shawna joined BECU nearly three decades ago and has held product and operational leadership roles across the organization's Lending, Finance, Audit, Product Management and Operations functions. She sits on the board of the Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center (HSDC) and chairs BECU's Achieving Disability Awareness Employee Resource Group. Shawna holds a BS in Business and Marketing from Western Oregon University and several operational excellence certifications, including a Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

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Debra Somberg

Debra Somberg

Board Chairperson, BECU Board of Directors

Debra is co-founder of NewView (formerly Win-Win), an organization supporting new ventures that drive synergistic benefits for the private, social and public sectors. Debra also sits on the boards of The Seattle Foundation and The Port Blakely Companies.

Previously, she was the co-managing partner at Maveron LLC. Debra began her career at Goldman, Sachs and McKinsey & Co., and has served as Senior Managing Director at Montgomery Securities and a founding partner at Thomas Weisel Partners. Debra holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Susan Ehrlich

Susan Ehrlich

BECU Board of Directors

Susan retired in April 2021 as the Chief Executive Officer at Earnest, a San Francisco-based financial technology company focused on providing low-interest loans to financially responsible people, while providing the opportunity for customized repayment plans.

Susan has a track record of leveraging technology to improve customer experience and financial health. Prior to Earnest, Susan held business leadership and product development roles in financial services at Simple, Lending Club, Amazon, Chase, and Citibank. Susan holds a B.A. with honors in organizational behavior and management from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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John McMurray

John McMurray

BECU Board of Directors, Audit Committee

John is the Chief Risk Officer and Chief Auditor for Russell Investments. John has extensive experience as a board director as well as a senior financial services executive working with boards, including audit, finance, investment, and risk committees.

He holds an M.S. from MIT, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a B.S. from Trinity University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant and a Charted Global Management Accountant.

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Matthew Oppenheimer

Matthew Oppenheimer

BECU Board of Directors

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Remitly. Prior to starting Remitly, Matt was Head of Mobile and Internet Banking Initiatives for Barclays Bank Kenya and worked for the Barclays Corporate Bank in the United Kingdom.

Matt was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree for his work with Remitly. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Bill Longbrake

Bill Longbrake

BECU Board of Directors

Bill has extensive experience in finance and investments, macroeconomics and monetary policy, risk management, housing, and public policy. He has served in business, academic and government organizations.

Bill began his career in Washington, D.C. in various government positions from 1970 – 1982. During his tenure, he served as CFO and deputy to the chairman for finance at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He was also previously CFO of Washington Mutual, helping the company become the sixth largest depository institution in the U.S. Bill holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Maryland.

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Vanessa Pegueros

Vanessa Pegueros

BECU Board of Directors, Audit Committee

Vanessa is a Chief Information Security Officer with over 26 years of experience managing technology, security and risk teams. She has worked with startups and Fortune 500 companies around the world, and has deep experience in governance, risk management and cybersecurity.

Vanessa has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University and a MS in Telecommunications from University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Manolo Sanchez

Manolo Sanchez

BECU Board of Directors

Manolo is currently a Director at Fannie Mae and Stewart Information Systems. Previously, he served as chair and CEO of BBVA Compass and held leadership roles at the American Bankers Association, the Institute of International Bankers and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Manolo has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and teaches at Rice University's Jones School of Business. He is also an advisor to several fintech and blockchain startups and holds M.Sc's from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

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Denis Farmer

Denis Farmer

BECU Board of Directors, Audit Committee

Denis is a Managing Director with Slalom Consulting, a purpose-driven consultancy focused on strategy, technology and business transformation that is dedicated to helping people reach for and realize their vision.

Prior to joining Slalom, Denis was a partner with Accenture, in addition to earlier roles with Electronic Data Services and various Internet startups.

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