Erin López Nielsen is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director for the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). In this role, she is implementing DFI priorities for greater financial equity for communities of color and other underserved groups in Washington State.

Erin brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of DEI.  She started her career in community lending and education.  She has also worked in corporate compliance.  Most recently, she led supplier diversity programs at the state, which included working across multiple agencies, co-creating statewide policies, and establishing an advisory group to include a DEI lens in how work happens.

Erin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration, with an Accounting concentration and a minor in Dance, from the University of Washington.


Lamont Black

Associate Professor

DePaul University

Professor Lamont Black is a recognized expert on cryptocurrency and blockchain who is a regularly invited speaker for conferences, board presentations, and the media. His teaching on cryptocurrency at DePaul covers aspects of money and investing and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune. In his graduate course on blockchain, he works with business and […]

Nora Carpenter

Nora Carpenter

President & CEO

United Way of Treasure Valley

Nora Carpenter is the President and CEO of United Way of Treasure Valley, a well-known leader in Idaho’s nonprofit community. She was named the Idaho Business Review’s Idaho Woman of the Year in 2016 and CEO of Influence in 2019. An Idaho native originally from Caldwell and a proud Idaho Vandal, Carpenter joined United Way […]

Patti Perkins


ID Department of Finance

Patricia (Patti) Perkins has been in Idaho business for over 25 years.  She has a long history in commercial banking where her last assignment with KeyBank was SVP in charge of retail banking in Idaho.  She also has spent much of her career in human resources, starting with banks in California, moving to Idaho and […]

Janet Powell

Janet M. Powell


OR Department of Finance

Janet Powell has worked for the State of Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, since September 1992, when she was hired as a Financial Examiner. Powell was appointed Supervising Examiner of the Credit Union Program on July 1, 2004, and was appointed as its Program Manager in […]