D.C. Bankers Association Elects First Chairman of the Board

Article Chandler Owdom Virginia Bankers Association

The D.C. Bankers Association (DCBA) elected its first chairman of their board of directors during a board meeting on January 31, 2024.

The DCBA is honored to have Jonathan (Jon) Higgins serve in this officer role. Higgins is the co-founder, president and chief banking officer of Founders Bank, a Washington, D.C. based community bank.

Higgins has over 23 years of experience in banking and co-founded Founders Bank in 2020. Prior to organizing Founders Bank, Jon served in a variety of leadership and senior roles in branch banking, business development and commercial lending. He has spent his career working with businesses throughout the greater Washington area at several institutions including First Virginia Bank, BB&T, Bank of Georgetown and United Bank.

Jon received a B.B.A. in Marketing from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, and he is a graduate of ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Commenting on Higgins’ election, DCBA President Janene Jackson, also a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, said, “Jon is an accomplished leader in the banking industry and already has proven to be an active and dedicated member of the DCBA. His skills and experience will be of great service to the association and our members, and we are honored to have him as our chair.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with Janene and the members of the DCBA,” said Higgins. “I am proud to be a part of the work this new organization will be doing to support the banking industry in their role with their customers and in the D.C. community.”

Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) and Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) announced the formation of the DCBA in October, which had launched on July 28. On the members’ behalf, the DCBA focuses on legislative and regulatory efforts, especially within Washington D.C. City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking.

DCBA membership is open to all banks headquartered and/or operating in the District of Columbia, as well as qualified financial services companies, including card payment networks and issuers and other relevant service providers. To date, twenty-one companies have joined as members of the new organization.

A representative from each member bank serves on the DCBA Board, which provides general oversight of DCBA, under the leadership of Higgins. A representative from each member bank also serves on the DCBA Advocacy Committee.

Founding Members of the DCBA:

Bank Members

Bank of America, NA

Capital Bank

Capital One, NA


CityFirst Bank


F.N.B. Corporation

Founders Bank


Industrial Bank

John Marshall Bank

JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA

Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company

PNC Bank, NA

Sandy Spring Bank

TD Bank, NA

The National Capital Bank of Washington

United Bank

Wells Fargo Bank, NA


Financial Services Members

American Express



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About the D.C. Bankers Association

The D.C. Bankers Association provides consistent and unified advocacy for the District of Columbia banking community. To learn more about the DCBA, click here.