Now defunct, WashingtonFIRST was a coalition of financial sector institutions operating in Washington State, collaborating with one another to identify risk and improve the resiliency of our members and our communities. The coalition was formed in 2006 as the Pacific Northwest Regional Coalition for Financial Services and had participation from over 20 financial institutions. Annie Searle founded the coalition at the request of the U.S. Department of Treasury and the FDIC, and Washington Mutual hosted many of the coalition meetings in the first several years. Shelby Edwards of PEMCO was the first co-chair of the coalition.
The intent behind WashingtonFIRST was to serve as an investment in the event of a crisis, ensuring that Washington's financial sector institutions were collaborating with one another, the public sector, and other critical infrastructure sectors at all levels. WashingtonFIRST provided a unique forum for local and regional preparedness and enhanced resiliency as well as being part of a national network of partner coalitions.
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