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.


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