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Riley Gaffney

Gaffney, Riley

Job Title: Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking
Company: Columbia Bank
Industry: Banking/Financial Services
Mentor Since: Fall 2022
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Undergrad Students

Job Description

I am a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager at Columbia Bank. In my daily work I connect with business owners to grow and develop their organizations by utilizing our financial products. I work with companies across industries such as Manufacturing, Distributing, Construction, Technology, and Professional Services.

Company Description

Columbia Bank is a Northwest community bank headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, with comprehensive solutions and expertise to meet the evolving needs of businesses and individuals. Columbia Bank has grown both organically and through acquisition, in cases where we recognized the benefits of a strong fiscal and cultural fit. We've leveraged our locally committed way of doing business from a single branch to a 145+ branch regional footprint throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Employment History

My career has spanned multiple roles and organizations in banking. January 2022 to Current: Columbia Bank | Senior Vice President/Relationship Manager Commercial Banking May 2018 to December 2021: WaFd Bank | Vice President/Relationship Manager Commercial Banking October 2015 to April 2018: KeyBank | Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking June 2014 to September 2015: HomeStreet Bank | Production Analyst 2013: HomeStreet Bank | CRE Intern


Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Finance at Seattle University
Master of Business Administration at Seattle University

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

My goal is to help students in their search for careers and information within fields such as financial services, banking, sales, and client management. Sample topics from mentor programs I have participated in include career development, building a network, informational interviews, and leveraging your experience/curriculum in your career. I completed both of my degrees at SU so I have a experience for both undergad/grad students and I am happy to tailor the mentor experience to other areas where the students would like to focus.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

A mix of in-person and virtual meetings. In person meetings are easiest for me to attend on weekday afternoons in downtown Seattle. Virtual meetings I am fairly flexible on weekdays.