Meet Our Board
Rashad Morris is a Program Officer with the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle where he works with nonprofits in the areas of climate, toxics, urban sustainability, and renewable energy. He is deeply committed to integrating social justice with environmental sustainability and economic development. Rashad holds a Juris Doctor from the UC Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Ken Takahashi is the Development Finance Advisor at the City of Seattle – Office of Economic Development with over 18 years of economic development experience. He is the lead manager for the City’s economic development financing programs including the New Markets Tax Credit program, SBA 7a loan program (in partnership with CDFI Grow America
Virginia Calvin is an entrepreneur who owned a children’s apparel design and manufacturing company for 13 years in Seattle, WA. Originally outsourcing the product manufacture to Hong Kong and British Columbia, she eventually shifted production to her family-owned factory in Seattle. She joined the Board of Directors of Evergreen in 1996 and has always
found it fascinating to see what other small businesses are doing, what goals and opportunities they perceive, and how they make their financial decisions. In 2001 she sold her business to a New Jersey firm and has since worked as a residential real estate broker for Windermere Real Estate. Virginia is bilingual in Spanish and English, with a BA from University of Colorado and an MA from the University of Michigan. She lives in South Seattle.
Rosario Arias De Carroll
Rosario brings many years of experience in SBA 7a and 504 lending. She started her banking career at Peoples Bank becoming a credit analyst. She advanced to Vice President, Commercial Lending at City Bank. Rosario’s also worked at Key Bank and Plaza Bank as VP, SBA Loan Officer. Her last position was with First Interstate Bank where she was promoted
to SVP and Director of Diversity Banking in which she is responsible to developing and implementing a holistic approach to assisting the minority business owner to enhance their financial acumen and developing minority clients as bank customers. Rosario is bi-lingual and the 2014 SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year, a lifetime award for her many years of community involvement.
Finance Division. Prior to joining Columbia she was a Senior Vice President at Key Bank with responsibility for credit risk management of Home Builder Finance, Community Development Lending and Income Property Real Estate. She also served as a corporate ethics officer. Karen holds an MBA from Seattle Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Saint Mary where she has served as a Board Trustee.