Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Vanessa Washington is Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Bank of the West. She joined the Bank in 2006 and is a member of the Bank's Executive Management Committee.
As General Counsel, Washington oversees the legal and regulatory activities of the Bank. Washington also manages the Bank's corporate social responsibility function, which is responsible for driving the Bank’s corporate philanthropy and employee engagement programs. In addition to her responsibilities at Bank of the West, Washington also serves as Corporate Secretary for BNP Paribas USA, Inc., the top tier intermediate holding company of BNP Paribas.
Before joining Bank of the West, Washington served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Catellus Development Corporation, a NYSE publicly traded REIT, from 2001 until 2005. At Catellus, Washington provided legal counsel to the Chairman and the Board of Directors and managed the Legal Division supporting the corporate and real estate development operations of the Company. She also had management responsibility for the Compliance, Environmental and Human Resources areas.
Prior to joining Catellus, Washington served as Senior Vice President and Secretary of California Federal Bank and its publicly-traded parent Golden State Bancorp Inc. She began her legal career as a commercial real estate associate at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy in Atlanta.
Washington has volunteered for a number of community and legal organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity – Greater San Francisco and the Advisory Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland. She also serves on the Boards of the California Minority Counsel Program and The Clearing House and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Washington received her B. S. degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Berkeley School of Law - University of California.