SEATTLE - As part of its expanded service to Native American communities
and enterprises nationwide, Wells Fargo has named Chandra Hampson Native
American Banking Services relationship manager for the Pacific Northwest
Region. She is based in Bellevue, Wash.
Hampson will be responsible for delivering the full array of financial
products and services to American Indian individuals, communities and
businesses in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Western Montana. She
will offer resources for agriculture, community banking, mortgage, energy
and gaming - in addition to connecting customers with programs offered by
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Small Business
Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
"We've seen major, positive changes for Native Americans as successful
gaming operations generate jobs and new businesses," said Steve Stallings,
director of Wells Fargo Native American Banking Services and a member of
the Ricon Band of San Lusieno Mission Indians. "Wells Fargo has the
knowledge and experience to help these new businesses grow and prosper."
Hampson, who hails from northeastern Oregon, earned a bachelor's degree
from Stanford University and master's degree in Business Administration
from the University of Washington. She has been an active member of the
Stanford American Indian Alumni Association. Hampson's tribal background
includes the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and White Earth Band of Ojibwe.
Wells Fargo is the first major financial services company to dedicate more
than six full-time professionals to serve American Indians and tribal
nations. In addition to Hampson in the Seattle area, Wells Fargo recently
hired relationship managers in Minneapolis, Southern California and the
Southwest - other key regional centers for tribes and federal agencies that
Wells Fargo provides capital and financial services to more than 150 tribal
nations and operates more banking stores on Indian reservations than any
other financial institution. Wells Fargo has loaned more than $1 billion to
tribes and American Indians nationwide. In addition: Wells Fargo loaned $43
million to Native American and Alaskan borrowers in Washington during 2002,
an increase of 66 percent compared with the previous year, according to the
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reports.
Wells Fargo made eight Community Development grants between 2001 and 2003
for a total of $25,450 to eight Washington organizations that benefit
American Indians and Alaskan Natives.