Virginia Varela, President & CEO
Virginia Varela joined Golden Pacific Bank as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for both the Bank and Golden Pacific Bancorp in December 2013. Virginia holds more than 25 years of experience within the banking industry, both as a community bank executive and as a former regulator. Most recently, Ms. Varela served as Chief Operating Officer of Bank of the Orient as CEO/President and Director of Bank of Rio Vista, and President/COO and Director of San Luis Trust Bank.
Previously, Ms. Varela held various positions of authority with regulatory agencies including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.
Ms. Varela has consulted with financial institutions and government agencies both on a national and global scale. She has succeeded in overseas missions with the Financial Services Volunteer Corporation assisting developing and transition countries. She also served as a member of the Interagency Hurricane Katrina Task Force "Banks Helping Banks," and was an active Consultant to the national "Elder Financial Protection Network."
Ms. Varela serves as a member of the California Bankers Association Board of Directors, as well as being active with the American Bankers Association.