Jeff Rasmussen: Teaching his sons importance of giving back

Jeff Rasmussen

More stories about Emerging Leaders 2017

This is one of a series of stories profiling finalists for the Emerging Leaders award, which is presented annually by The Herald Business Journal. The winner will be announced April 6.

He could have stayed in a comfortable career as a banker.

Instead Jeff Rasmussen went in a different direction.

More than two years ago, Rasmussen left his job as assistant vice president and branch manager at Monroe’s Washington Federal bank and became the director of the Monroe Boys & Girls Club, serving more 1,100 kids in the community.

He wanted to join an organization that he felt had a more direct impact on the community.

“I envision the Monroe club as being the leading community youth organization that kids and their families think of when it comes to being active and healthy,” Rasmussen wrote in his nomination form.

Rasmussen also sits on the Monroe City Council, after winning the seat by just 19 votes.

He is a member of the Snohomish Health District board. He helped coordinate Monroe’s annual ChiliBowl and volunteers with a local Cub Scout troop.

He’s also been active with Monroe Rotary, Housing Hope and Monroe’s Parks Department.

He’s served for three years as the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce president.

He started the Battle of the Banks in Monroe to collect donations and food for the food bank.

“My goal is to also create a path of opportunity for my own two sons that as they grow older, and that they will understand the importance of giving back to their community and being active within their community,” Rasmussen wrote.

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