Christa Steele joined FIG’s Board of Directors in March 2017. Christa became the youngest CEO in the United States to lead a $3.5 billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Her career spans close to 25 years that began as a bank teller while attending college. As a former public company CEO with $500 million in market cap and revenue in excess of $120 million annually, she improved core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the bank’s value in less than two years, and successfully led the bank’s sale for a premium in 2015.
For the better part of three years, her time has been spent on a variety of digital technology initiatives in and outside of financial services and serving as an advisor/board member to the C-Suite and boardroom. Christa is a well-known speaker and thought leader of blockchain technology, digital disruption, and how blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, and the use of predictive analytics must be considered when evaluating a company’s overall digital and corporate strategy.
Christa is a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, holds a Master’s degree from University of Southern California, Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento and is a graduate of the CBA Commercial Lending School and the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.