Walt Postlewait

Walt is a Craft3 Executive Vice President focused on deploying our capital into the more complex transactions, often utilizing New Market Tax Credit structure or federal loan guarantee program.  He brings a multi-dimensional background to our commercial lending as he has experience in traditional commercial lending, and now the world of CDFI lending.  Blending these two backgrounds brings a slightly different approach to the complex world of CDFI lending.

Prior to joining the Craft3 team in January 2010, Postlewait was Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer for Bank of Astoria in Astoria, OR since 2003.  Prior to Bank of Astoria, Postlewait was a Commercial Lending Officer for MBank in Gresham, OR and relocated to Astoria from the Portland, OR Metro Area to accept the position with Bank of Astoria.  Previous to joining the community bank lending ranks with MBank in 2000, Postlewait was employed with Bank of America, primarily within branch operations, from 1991 through 1998.  During the interim between Bank of America and MBank, efforts were primarily focused on business consulting for the private sector.

Postlewait received his Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from the University of Oregon.  Also obtained from the University of Oregon was the completion of the Journalism School’s requirements for a degree in Public Relations. Postlewait is also a graduate of the Northwest Intermediate Banking School.

Postlewait has been active in the community with participation on a number of boards and committees including the City of Astoria’s Advance Astoria mayoral appointed committee, Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation, Clatsop Community College, St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Liberty Theater, and the Savior’s House.  Postlewait is also the President and founding member of the North Coast United Soccer Club providing competitive youth soccer to Clatsop and Pacific County youth. 

Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing loans that strengthen businesses, families and the environment throughout Oregon and Washington. With capital support from financial, philanthropic and religious institutions and corporations, government agencies and accredited individual investors, Craft3 has invested more than $400 million in Northwest communities since 1994.