Mele is a dynamic financial service executive & community engagement professional with 22 years of experience implementing successful growth & risk management strategies across Washington state. Mele is proud to serve Seattle Credit Union as a leader committed to protecting and improving the financial security of households and businesses that have not historically been supported by the financial services industry at-large.
When Mele first became a teller 22 years ago, she felt intimidated and discouraged by the banking industry and knew she was not alone. The journey from Teller to Executive was tough and included years of development as an Entrepreneur, Branch Manager, Business Banker, Commercial Banker, Wealth Management Advisor, and Community Development Director. In every role, she honored her commitment to changing the financial landscape for women and people of color.
Mele earned her BA in Studio Art and Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) and graduate degree from the Pacific Coast Banking School, a nationally acclaimed executive leadership and banking graduate program supported by the University of Washington – Foster School of Business. Mele graduated with honors from both programs and was recognized nationally with the publication of her research on the Affordable Housing Crisis in Seattle in 2019. Although Mele is originally from Oahu, Hawaii, she has made her home in Seattle since 1997. She is a wife and mother of three boys, ages 7, 9, and 11.
As a fierce advocate for young professionals, Mele has mentored girls through Big Brothers Big Sisters for 15 years and leads health and fitness education programs throughout the Seattle and South Sound community. She currently serves on the Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund – Pacific Northwest, Board of Directors for Pacific Coast Banking School, and is a member of Seattle Credit Union’s Black Banker Network.