Around the District: Seattle, Washington

As a community-engaged bank, the SF Fed seeks out real-time information on economic conditions by engaging with and learning from businesses, community organizations, and local leaders. These conversations are one of the many inputs into the decisions and policymaking at the Federal Reserve as we pursue our mission.

Here’s a snapshot of a recent visit with the Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce from Darlene Wilczynski, who before her recent retirement, was the Regional Executive of the SF Fed’s Seattle branch.

In Washington and across the 12th DistrictLatinos are a vital part of our economy. Their economic contributions are enormous, wide-ranging, and growing rapidly. That’s why it was my great pleasure to welcome members of the Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Seattle branch.

During our visit, I had the opportunity to introduce the chamber’s members to the Federal Reserve’s work to promote a healthy, sustainable, and inclusive economy for all. I also learned about the unique conditions facing Latino businesses in the Seattle region and throughout the state.

Finally, we enjoyed a presentation by Peter Tomozawa, CEO of SeattleFWC26, the local organizing group bringing the 2026 World Cup to Seattle. Peter shared how small businesses can take advantage of the heightened attention and the influx of fans and tourists the World Cup, one of the globe’s most popular sporting events, will bring to Seattle.

I’d like to thank Marcos Wanless, President of the Seattle Latino Chamber, and the rest of the chamber’s members for their interest in the SF Fed. I’m looking forward to expanding our relationship, and I hope there are more such visits and insightful conversations in the future.

I’m also grateful to Peter for the informative presentation. After hearing him, I’m already getting excited for the World Cup!

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the management of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco or of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

About the Author
Darlene Wilczynski is vice president and regional executive of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In this role, Darlene engages with members of the business and banking sectors, as well as with community and government leaders in Washington and Alaska as part of the Bank’s commitment to understanding and reflecting […] Learn more about Darlene Wilczynski