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Meet Jonelle Johnson

While Seattle Credit Union is committed to celebrating Black history year-round, we want to use this month to spotlight some of our Black employees and leaders. Today, we are highlighting one of our board members, Jonelle Johnson.​​

Currently with Nordstrom, Ms. Johnson has an extensive banking background and experience which provides value to our Board of Directors. She is a former executive banker who managed sales teams that expanded existing relationships.

Ms. Johnson has an exceptional history of being an active leader in the community. In addition to her membership on Seattle Credit Union's Board, her current community affiliations include O'Dea High School Advisory Board of Directors, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle University Board of Regents, Seattle Rotary #4, Greater Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and YWCA of Seattle King Snohomish.

What interested you in joining the Seattle Credit Union Board of Directors?

I was, and I still am, so impressed with Seattle Credit Union's focus with helping its members to have a positive financial future, providing the best financial solutions… such as helping members borrow money, grow their savings, and provide expertise to help members move towards prosperity.

What excites you about the future of Seattle Credit Union?

The partnerships we have built throughout the community, and are continuing to build, that will help our members. The products, services and training that we are developing to help our members and their families with their banking needs today and in the future.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is a symbol used to highlight Black Leaders that have made significant contributions to American History. While Black History Month was officially established in 1976, the Black community has recognized and celebrated our Black American heroes and societal icons long before then. We all have 12 months to learn about the history of America and its Black leaders, and I challenge all of us to dedicate time to learn more during Black History Month. 

​Which Black leaders in history inspire you?

There are SO many Black leaders that inspire me, but there are a couple of leaders that are personally significant to me:

  1. Shirley Jackson – the first Black woman to earn a doctorate at MIT.  Through her various telecommunications research, inventions were created … such as the touch-tone telephone, portable fax machines, fiber optic cables and caller ID. As a Black woman to reach such heights in the educational realm is inspiring. She is a role model for Black girls and Black women around the world.

  2. Marguerite Ann Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou. A renowned poet, but she also is known for being an author, activist, singer and dancer. A Maya Angelou quote I reflect on often is: “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, CHANGE your ATTITUDE."​

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