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Tonita Webb Named as New Verity CEO

By VerityCU March 01, 2021 About verity

Today Verity Credit Union’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of its new CEO, Tonita Webb, who will officially take over the position when current CEO, John Zmolek, retires in April.

Webb comes to Verity from Seattle Credit Union, where she spent the past fifteen years both as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, and formerly the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

"We are thrilled to have Tonita lead us in our mission,” said Zach Gose, Chair of Verity’s Board of Directors. “She has a strong vision for harnessing financial tools, data and technology to enhance the lives of underserved members of our community. Her deep connections in the Puget Sound region and a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion will help Verity further promote vibrant communities."

Throughout her career, Webb has been breaking barriers, beginning with her service as a security police officer in the U.S. Air Force at a time when very few women occupied the role. Her first day at Verity is April 5, and she will be the first woman and the first member of the BIPOC community to lead Verity as CEO.

“I am excited to be a part of Verity's mission; serving the community is my life's passion,” said Webb. “I am a true believer in the community's ability to thrive, and I believe the credit union industry's mission is to assist while ensuring equity.” 

This commitment to community is evident in her work with multiple non-profits, including serving as Board President for the Lupus Foundation of America, Board Secretary for the African American Credit Union Coalition, and as a board member for SouthEast Effective Development (SEED), Pioneer Human Services, and the Capital Projects Oversight and Capital Facilities Advisory Committees for Highline Public Schools.

Webb has an extensive educational background, including a bachelor's degree from Saint Leo University and an MBA from Walden University. She also attended the Advanced Leadership Institute at Harvard Business School, and a three-year CEO Institute put on by the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES). Currently, Webb is a Doctor of Business Administration Candidate at City University of Seattle. She also holds credentials as a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), Certified Chief Executive (CCE), Senior Human Resources Manager (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

The Verity Annual Meeting, on April 14 will be the last day for current CEO John Zmolek.