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SAndersen1_darkbackground_FINAL_110by120Shaza L. Andersen

President &
Chief Executive Officer

Shaza L. Andersen is founder and Chief Executive Officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc.  Ms. Andersen is responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth, and profitability of the Bank.  Ms. Andersen’s  leadership has grown the Bank to $2 billion in assets, with 19 branches in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.  Prior to starting WashingtonFirst, Ms. Andersen served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Century National Bank which was acquired by United Bank.

Ms. Andersen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance, the Washington Redskins Leadership Council, the National Association of Women Business Owners Leadership Circle, the Executive Board of the Blitz for the Better Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, the George Mason University Dean’s Advisory Council, the High Point University President’s Leadership Cabinet, the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC, and on the Global Good Fund Advisory Board. She previously served on the Treasury Board of Virginia, the Board of Trustees for Youth For Tomorrow, the Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta where she was Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Housing Committee.

Ms. Andersen founded the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation (WFYF), a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the physical, social, and mental well-being of children in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area. For the last two years, WFYF has been a major sponsor of NBC4 Food4Families that has helped feed over 20,000 individuals in the DC Metro area.

Recognized by American Banker as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch and named a Top Banker by SmartCEO Magazine (twice), Ms Andersen has also been honored with an ABC7 WJLA-TV & Toyota Dealers’ Tribute to Working Women award.  She has been named one of the Top 100 Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine and designated by the Washington Business Journal as one of their Power 100, 50 Fastest Growing Companies (twice), Women Who Mean Business, and Most Admired CEO.  Capitol File Magazine recently selected Ms. Andersen for “The List” of prominent business and community leaders in the Washington, DC area.

A favored and sought-after authority on banking and capital market issues, Ms. Andersen  has appeared on CNBC and Fox News, and been featured in the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine.

Ms. Andersen grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from George Mason University.