Nicole Bascomb-Green, a leader in real estate and banking, has been named chair of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. She assumed the role at the Commission’s August 24 meeting following her appointment by Governor Jay Inslee. She has been a commissioner since 2021.
Bascomb-Green brings 30 years of experience in the banking, real estate, and nonprofit industries. She joined Umpqua Bank Home Lending in July as head of community lending and is also the owner and designated broker of Kent-based Bascomb Real Estate Group.
In her business serving homebuyers and sellers, as well as in her extensive volunteer commitments, Bascomb-Green says she prioritizes education and building community health and generational wealth for historically marginalized communities, especially the Black community.
Among other leadership positions, the new WSHFC chair serves as board secretary with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service and as a core team member of the Black Home Initiative. In 2020, she became president of Western Washington Realists, the local board of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, which is the oldest minority trade organization in the country. She currently serves as assistant vice president for NAREB’s Region XV.
Bascomb-Green is also a board member of several organizations, including HomeSight, a homeownership nonprofit, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, and the UW Consulting and Business Development Center.
Bascomb-Green succeeds Bill Rumpf, who led the Commission board since June 2020 during the successful transition in board and staff leadership following the retirement of WSHFC’s longtime chair and executive director. Rumpf, a retired housing and community development leader, has been reappointed to another term with WSHFC.
WSHFC is a publicly accountable, self-supporting team, dedicated to increasing housing access and affordability and to expanding the availability of quality community services for the people of Washington. It is governed by an 11-member board whose members represent various geographic, business and public interests.