Linda Navarro was appointed president and CEO of the Oregon Bankers Association in 2006 and has worked for the organization for more than 24 years. Linda also serves as president and CEO of the Community Banks of Oregon, a sister organization of the OBA, and she is the CEO of Synergy by Association, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the OBA that does business in 40 states in partnership with other trade associations. In addition, Linda serves as Secretary-Treasurer and CEO of the Oregon Bankers Association Education Foundation that she helped establish in 2013.
A native Oregonian, Linda graduated from Willamette University with a B.S. in Business Economics and a minor in Art. Linda is a graduate of the Northwest Bank Directors College and, in 2012, received an Orchid Award from the Portland Business Journal, recognizing "Women of Influence" in Oregon. In 2015, she received the V.A. McNeil Executive Leadership Award from the Oregon Society of Association Management.
Linda is a past chair and current member of the national Alliance of Bankers Associations. She currently serves on the American Bankers Association (ABA) Community Bankers Council Administrative Committee and the ABA Credit Union Administrative Committee. She also serves on the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Subcommittee on Consumer Financial Services. In the past, she served on the ABA Board of Directors, the ABA Community Foundation Board, the ABA BankPAC Committee and the ABA Committee on Housing and Community Affairs.
Linda serves on the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network’s State Advisory Council and the Willamette University Atkinson School of Management Advisory Board. She also commits time and expertise to state and national-level programs combatting financial abuse of older Americans. Throughout her career, Linda has served on various other nonprofit boards and committees within the communities where she lives and works.