Linda Navarro serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Bankers Association (OBA). Located in Salem, OBA is Oregon’s only full-service trade association representing state and national banks doing business in the state of Oregon. Linda has worked for the OBA for 22 years and was appointed to the position of president and CEO in 2006. Linda also serves as President and CEO of 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 38 states in partnership with other trade associations. In addition, Linda serves as Secretary-Treasurer and CEO of the Oregon Bankers Association Education Foundation established in 2013.
Beyond Oregon’s borders, Linda is a past chair and current member of the national Alliance of Bankers Associations. he currently serves on the American Bankers Association (ABA) Community Bankers Council Administrative Committee. She has in the past served on the ABA Board of Directors, the ABA Community Engagement Foundation Board, the ABA BankPAC Committee, and the ABA Committee on Housing and Community Affairs.
Linda is a former chair and current member of the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Financial Associations’ Employee Benefit Trust and 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 programs combating financial abuse of older Americans. Throughout her career, Linda has served on various other non-profit boards and committees within the communities where she lives and works.
A native Oregonian, Linda graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a B.S. in Business Economics and a minor in Art. She grew up around Oregon politics with a father that served as Oregon’s House Minority Leader. 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.