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Farewell to CEO Solynn McCurdy

Posted by SVP Seattle

After a great deal of consideration, Solynn McCurdy will be stepping down as SVP Seattle’s CEO to accept a role as Senior Vice President of Cooperative Affairs for BECU – the largest credit union in Washington State and a community partner for SVP. While this is a huge loss for SVP, we are excited that Solynn has been recruited for this vital role in corporate social responsibility. His last day with SVP will be March 22nd.  

A note from Solynn: “I’ve been honored to support a great network of funders, donors, and philanthropists at SVP, and it has been a fantastic experience serving as CEO of SVP Seattle. The mission of SVP is vital, and the commitment to racial equity is healthy and ever evolving. The partnership is well poised, with the support and commitment of the Board and Staff, to move this work forward in new and bold ways. I’m excited about the possibilities of the organization and look forward to continuing my support as an active Partner.

BECU is a trusted financial institution that’s fundamentally centered on its members and community, including partnering with SVP. The value alignment, culture, community impact, and growth potential make this a highly unique and valuable opportunity.”

Solynn will be succeeding Sara Moorehead who is retiring after six years with BECU and has had a well-respected tenure in corporate social responsibility in the Puget Sound. Solynn will be leading the credit union’s efforts in social responsibility, public affairs, community engagement, and internal communications.

“The power of a partnership model is the ability to rally as Partners to continue our mission as we explore new leadership for our organization,” Bob Woods, SVP Seattle Board Chair said.  “In the coming weeks, we will be engaging interim leadership to support the Staff and Board during this transition.  Thank you for your continued investment in our shared work toward a thriving Puget Sound Region. ”

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, we want to thank Solynn for his contributions and leadership during his time with SVP. Solynn and the staff team have been hard at work this year reimagining the Partner experience and education offerings and enhancing our programs to further our mission.  This momentum will continue through the Spring Meeting and into the next program year starting in September.


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