Louise Walker Named New Chair of the California Bankers Association

Press release Beth Mills

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Louise Walker, president and CEO of First Northern Bank, headquartered in Dixon, Calif., will serve as the 2016-2017 chairman of the board of directors for California’s largest banking trade association. Walker began her banking career at First Northern in 1979, and has held several executive management positions with the bank, including 14 years as senior executive vice president and CFO. She assumed the role of president and CEO in 2011.

“The CBA is honored to have Louise Walker serve as our chairman of the board this year,” said Rodney Brown, president and CEO of CBA. “With a banking career spanning more than three decades, Louise has been a dedicated advocate for the banking industry for many years, and we look forward to the leadership and guidance she will provide the association in the coming year.”

“I am looking forward to my term as the association’s chairman,” Walker said. “Through this important leadership position with the CBA, I will continue supporting our member banks in their dedicated efforts to serve California, their communities and customers.”

Walker has been an active member of the CBA for many years. She previously served as chairman of the association’s state government relations committee, and has served on the board of directors’ executive committee since 2011, which included a term as CBA’s treasurer.

In addition to her service to the CBA, Walker currently serves as treasurer of the Solano Economic Development Corporation, and is a board member of Valley Vision, as well as the Yolo Food Bank. She also previously served on the board of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization.

About the CBA

Established 125 years ago, the California Bankers Association (CBA) is one of the largest state banking trade associations in the country. CBA leads the way in developing relevant educational and legislative solutions to some of California’s more pressing financial and banking issues, including adult financial empowerment, identity theft, financial privacy, and elder financial abuse. CBA’s membership includes the majority of California’s commercial, community banks and savings associations. For more information, visit www.calbankers.com.

About First Northern Bank

Established in Solano County in 1910, First Northern Bank has stood the test of time – only eight California banks founded earlier than First Northern are still in business today. In June 2015, First Northern topped the $1.0 billion mark in assets. First Northern is a regional community bank that fuels the community through lending, investments and volunteerism.  The Bank has 10 branches strategically positioned along the I-80 corridor from Fairfield in Solano County to Auburn in Placer County.  The Bank specializes in relationship banking, with experts available in small-business, commercial, real estate, agribusiness and mortgage lending.  The Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender, has non-FDIC insured Investment and Brokerage Services, a full-service Trust Department in Sacramento, and a commercial loan production office in Walnut Creek.   For more information, visit www.thatsmybank.com.