On April 24, Washington Federal celebrated 100 years of business. The bank rang in its first century with celebrations across the country. This included president and CEO Bret Beardall ringing the NASDAQ opening bell in New York and local events and bank branches. During its first century, the bank has funded the bold visions of small businesses, national corporations and individual homeowners. Founded in 1917 as a small neighborhood bank in Ballard, Washington, Washington Federal has grown to operate 236 offices across eight states, including Portland, and serves retail, small business and commercial clients. Learn more about the bank’s first century in business.