As the state's only advocate working solely for the interests of community banks and their customers, Community Bankers of Washington (CBW) is a member-driven organization, governed by a Board of Directors comprised solely of independent community bankers.
The Association was created in 1989 as the Washington Independent Community Bankers Association (WICBA) by a group of community bankers that felt their current banking association was not supporting them on banking issues affecting their community banking franchise. The small group of bankers pooled their resources and influence to successfully manage change in the industry, grow their banks, and maintain their independence.
In 2007 the Association changed its name to the Community Bankers of Washington and has steadily grown and continues the mission of those bankers who started the Association years ago. Our passion is to collectively create value for Washington's community banks through advocacy, professional development, network opportunities, industry resources, and a full range of member benefits.