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The $25.6 billion, Tukwila, Wash.-based BECU hired Jackie Martinez-Vasquez as its first vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion. In her new role, Martinez-Vasquez is responsible for leading BECU-wide equity strategy, tools and processes, including its focus on “Belonging, Inclusion and Leveraging Differences” (BILD). Prior to joining BECU, Jackie served as the chief civil rights, equity and inclusion officer at Sound Transit, where she was responsible for equity and inclusion strategy, internal culture strategy and civil rights programs. Before that, she spent eight years in community engagement, equity and social responsibility senior leadership roles at the YMCA of Greater Seattle. She has expertise in areas including social and racial justice, immigrant advocacy, civil rights, transit equity, educational access and women’s rights.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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