A Message from our CEO
Since 1979, Oregon Pacific Bank has been committed to serving our local communities. To me, that means serving everyone in our community. Our culture centers around kindness, respect, and inclusiveness, however, it has become increasingly clear that our existing culture isn’t enough to create lasting and meaningful change. Focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is the next step in our cultural evolution.
One thing we cannot change is the racial demographics of the communities we operate in. We truly want to strengthen our racial diversity, but it is not something that can be done with the flip of a switch. There are painful, discriminatory reasons why the racial diversity in rural parts of the state is so comparatively small. These are the deeper, more systemic issues that our collective society and industry must work together to solve.
At Oregon Pacific Bank, our view of diversity not only includes race but also age, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, political and social viewpoint, differences in physical ability, and every other imaginable difference. I believe that celebrating our differences together makes us stronger.
Sharing our DEI statement is not the end of the fight but merely one piece of it. We are taking action and creating goals around our commitment to DEI because we believe having an inclusive and diverse culture will foster productivity, creativity, and innovation. By publicly speaking about our DEI culture, we intend to convey that we are a bank that welcomes everyone and that we are committed to being a better community and business partner.
I recognize that our public statement alone will not solve anything, and as a local business, we have a lot of work to do. I have been very proud to be a part of this amazing organization and prouder still that OPB chooses to publicly join our community partners in working to find a cure for inequity in all its forms. I am always open to suggestions and encourage members of the community to reach out to me personally if they have questions or constructive input.
President & CEO of Oregon Pacific Bank