Phone: (310) 943-8802
Cell: (310) 625-0753
Visionary, driven and committed to making a difference in the community, Stasia is passionate about helping others connect with information, people, and financial resources necessary to effectively navigate life’s pivotal changes. Stasia has served as Senior Managing Director, First Foundation Advisors, a regional private wealth management firm, since 2013. Her primary responsibility is to guide families, business owners, private foundations, and public charities on the management of their financial assets. Ms. Washington has over 30 years’ experience in financial services developing a deep expertise across multiple functions, including financial management, capital markets, M&A, governance, philanthropy, and fiduciary services.
Ms. Washington is active outside of First Foundation. Currently she serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for Women in Film. She also serves as Member of the Board of Trustees, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and as Audit Chair for MusiCares Foundation. Ms. Washington is a founding member of the Motion Picture Television Fund Professional Advisory Council, Pepperdine University’s Center for Women’s Leadership, and the West Coast Chapter of CUP, Council of Urban Professionals. Stasia co-founded Save Africa’s Children Annual Golf Tournament with her husband Michael, raising awareness and funds to support AIDS related orphans in Africa.
Recognized throughout her career, Ms. Washington’s honors include the recipient of the 2022 Uplift Award, for positive contributions to Society and Youth of Greater Los Angeles at the 40th Annual Bridge Builders Salute Luncheon, the 2021 Economically BOSS Award from the ESP Education & Leadership Institute, 2019 Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2018 Los Angeles Business Journal Most Influential Wealth Managers List, National STEM Top Woman of Color in Finance Award, The American Cancer Society Award of Merit, and The Los Angeles NAACP Outstanding Leader of the Year Award. Ms. Washington also received the Outstanding Banker of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Urban Bankers’ Association and the late U.S. Congressmen Julian Dixon recognized Ms. Washington with a special Congressional Economic Development Award.
Ms. Washington has served as a featured speaker for the American Banker Association’s National Wealth Management Conference, American Public Radio’s Marketplace, YouTube Women and Black Business Creators Annual Boot Camps, “She Built It” Thrive in Life and Finances Podcast, Stanford University’s SSIR The Power of Philanthropy Podcast, Emotional Intelligence in Business Workshop on behalf of New Economics for Women, Financial Resilience in Times of Uncertainty for Single Mom’s Planet, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and The 1954 Project.
Ms. Washington earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. She is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute at UCLA Anderson Business School. Stasia enjoys advising philanthropic leaders, travel, acrylic painting and golf.