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Guest Speaker Biographies - Dorothy J. Bridges

Last Updated: March 25, 2010

Dorothy J. Bridges
is President and Chief Executive Officer of City First Bank of DC. She joined the bank and Board in September 2008 after nine years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin National Bank, a community bank located in Minneapolis, MN. Franklin focuses on serving the financial needs of small businesses, non-profit entities, and socially conscious individuals through two offices in the City of Minneapolis. With over twenty years in banking, Ms. Bridges started her career with First Bank Systems in 1979 where she held numerous positions, including President of a $150 million community branch. Ms. Bridges left First Banks in 1993 to become a senior consultant for Barefoot, Marrinan & Associates, a bank regulatory compliance-consulting firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, she joined the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF), a private not-for-profit corporation that securitizes economic development loans for secondary market investments. As Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Ms. Bridges was responsible for analyzing the credit risk of the loan portfolio and purchasing loan pools from various government agencies and non-profit agencies across the country.  Ms. Bridges is a leader in the banking industry and in her community.

She is currently Chair of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers' Council. Many in the Twin Cities have recognized Dorothy's accomplishments. The Business Journal named her one of the Twin Cities Most Influential Women in Business in 1999, and she received the Women of Achievement Award from the Twin West Chamber of Commerce in 2000. She was also recognized by Finance and Commerce as one of the 2002 Top Women in Finance for her significant contributions to the financial services community