M. Michelle Purnell-Hepburn

Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Washington Foster School of Business

M. Michelle Purnell-Hepburn is the Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Prior to this, Ms. Purnell-Hepburn served as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director at the Seattle Foundation after serving as its Managing Director, Controller and Accounting. Ms. Purnell-Hepburn was formerly Vice President/Controller of Salal Credit Union from 2012 to 2018, SVP/Chief Financial Officer at Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union from 1999 to 2011 and Vice President of Finance at Group Health Credit Union from 1989 to 1999. She has worked in the accounting and finance field since 1982 in both the high-tech industry as well as credit unions. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and economics and her Masters of Business Administration degree, specializing in finance and accounting, from the University of Washington. She was President of the Association of Black Business Students during her graduate school years.

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