Many of these awards have been given because of votes of support from our customer and community. Thank you! We appreciate the recognition and opportunity to serve you.

2021 Best-in-State Banks - Forbes

First Fed was named to Forbes “America’s Best Banks in Each State” list for 2021! Of nearly 5,000 FDIC-insured banks in America, only 135 banks (2.7%) made the list. First Fed was one of only 3 banks selected from Washington State.

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to produce the 2021 list of best banks. Nearly 25,000 customers throughout the U.S. were surveyed for their opinions on their current and former banking relationships. Financial institutions were scored on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five subdimensions (trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice).

“For nearly 100 years, First Fed has been dedicated to building strong relationships with our customers and our communities,” said Matt Deines, CEO of First Fed. “We are honored to be recognized in the Forbes Best Banks list, which we feel is a reflection of that effort and our commitment to serving our marketplace.”

View the complete list of the best-in-state banks.

Forbes 2021 - Best-in-State Banks


Awards for Our Community Bank

Best Workplace
Built In Seattle

In 2022 First Fed was recognized as one of the Best Midsize Places to Work by Built In Seattle, an online community for Seattle startups and tech companies, featuring companies and career opportunities, news, and events.

Fast 50 Listmaker
Puget Sound Business Journal

First Fed is in good company on the 2022 and 2021 Middle Market Fast 50 lists, presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal. This List includes the fastest growing companies in the region with a diverse group of of businesses represented including biotech, banking, real estate, tech, senior living and restaurant sectors.

Best Bank for 25 years
Peninsula Daily News

In 2020 our customers and community voted for First Fed as Best Bank for the 25th year in a row in the Peninsula Daily News "Best of the Peninsula" poll. We appreciate the recognition for our amazing team throughout the years.

5 Star Rating
Bauer Financial

First Fed has been rated a 5 star bank by Bauer Financial, a leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. This top rating indicates that First Fed is one of the strongest banks in the nation based on capital, loan quality and other detailed performance criteria. Visit Bauer Financial for additional information on their bank and credit union rating system.

Readers' Choice Best Bank
The Leader

Thanks to your votes First Fed was selected as Best Bank in the 2021. The Reader's Choice Awards celebrates the best of Port Townsend and Jefferson County and is presented annually by The Leader.

Best Bank – Silver Award
Best of the Northwest

Thank you for your votes in the Best of the Northwest competition hosted by Bellingham Alive. First Fed received the silver award for Best Bank.

Top Corporate Philanthropists
Puget Sound Business Journal

For the fifth year running, First Fed has been named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a top corporate philanthropist in 2021 among midsize companies in Washington. Through our Foundation and team, we are honored to give back to our communities and the organizations that support them.

Medium Business of the Year: Bainbridge Chamber Awards

Bainbridge 2018 Chamber Awards recognized First Fed as great supporter of local organizations like the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, KiDiMu, and the Bainbridge Island Art Museum. Congratulations to branch manager Kimbril Moore and his stellar team!


Recognition for Our Outstanding Team

Allison Mahaney
2021 Rising Star Nominee

Allison Mahaney, Corporate Secretary, was named as a Rising Star nominee by IR Magazine as part of the 2021 Corporate Governance Awards. on being recognized as one of the top governance teams from across the US

Robin Bookter
2019 Citizen of the Year Finalist

Robin Bookter was a finalist for the 2019 Citizen of the Year with the Sequim Chamber of Commerce. Robin is Branch Manager at our Sequim Avenue location and recurring member of Club 100, donating over 100 hours a year of her time to the community.

Terri Wood
2019 Affiliate of the Year

Terri Wood was honored as the 2019 Affiliate of the Year by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Terri is a Mortgage Loan Officer serving our Clallam County customers.

Luxmi Love
2019 Best Banker Award

Luxmi Love was named Port Townsend's 2019 Best Banker by the Port Townsend Leader. Luxmi Love is Branch Manager of our Port Townsend branch.

Interested in joining our stellar team? Learn about careers with First Fed.