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Columbia Credit Union ($2.2 billion, Vancouver, Wash.) hired Sharif Burdzik as a small business lending officer. In his new role, Burdzik will spearhead the credit union’s small business outreach and support in the greater Vancouver and Portland, Ore., metro areas. He brings a decade of experience working at banks with nationwide footprints. Burdzik has served on the boards of many local organizations, including the Clark College Veterans Advisory Board, Leadership Clark County, the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association, Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation, the New Day Community Dental Clinic, the Fourth Plain Business Coalition and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Burdzik also currently serves on the Washington State University Diversity Advisory Board and is a director for Partners in Careers, the Clark College Foundation and the Watershed Alliance. He has also served the City of Vancouver on both the Fire Service Delivery Committee and Police Department Community Task Force, and currently serves on the annual evaluation committees for the City’s CDBG, HOME and Affordable Housing Fund grant programs.

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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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