We’re excited to welcome our two newest board members, Donna Clark (Hanson Consulting) and James Payne (U.S. Bank).
Donna comes to us with 30 years of experience in the finance, business, and project management sectors. She currently works at Hanson Consulting and has previously held leadership positions at Microsoft and Darigold.
As an alumna of Seattle Pacific University, Donna has mentored students there for 15 years. Her ongoing speaking series, Women in Business, works to help prepare female university students to navigate their careers. Donna also holds an M.B.A. from Seattle University and volunteers with Northwest Harvest, Room to Read, Washington Coast Savers, and the City of Kirkland. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, photography, and travel.
“America has always been known as ‘the land of opportunity,’ but it can be tough to navigate at times. That’s especially difficult without a guide. Communities In Schools of Washington is an organization that can play that role for those who need it most, and I’m excited to be part of such an effective organization,” says Donna.
James Payne has approximately 12 years of experience in commercial real estate banking and brings a strong financial background to the CISWA board. In his current role at U.S. Bank, James leads the Washington and Oregon Commercial Real Estate teams as Senior Vice President/Commercial Real Estate Market Manager. He has won multiple awards for top loan and revenue production in the national U.S. Bank commercial real estate footprint.
Originally from Denver, James and his family relocated to Seattle in 2015 for his current role with U.S. Bank. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Colorado; he also serves on the International Advisory Board for the university’s Real Estate Center. In the community, James serves on the Finance Committee for his local church, and in his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife and three young children.
“When you think about the challenges and obstacles facing a growing number of children and teenagers today, from basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter to career and college readiness, there is clearly a big need to help. CISWA plays a vital role in helping to alleviate some of these challenges by proactively partnering with community organizations and the local school districts around Washington. As a result, the work CISWA does helps increase these students’ chance of success in school. As I was looking to partner with an organization with the goal of making a lifelong impact on young people, it became very clear that CISWA is that organization and has that impact. I am honored to be a new Board Member of CISWA and very much look forward to my involvement with them in the years to come!” says James.
A big welcome and thank you to Donna and James for sharing your expertise with our board!