Meriwest honored with Impact Award by the Rainbow Chamber Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, CA (February 11, 2020) — Meriwest Credit Union, which has been serving Silicon Valley for over 69 years, is excited to announce its selection as recipient of the 2020 Rainbow Impact Award for Business of the Year by the Rainbow Chamber, Silicon Valley. The Impact Award is given to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions throughout their community. Meriwest has been a member of the Rainbow Chamber for the last two years supporting their mission and fundraising efforts.

Meriwest and other winners also received Certificates of Appreciation from the State Treasurer Fiona Ma; County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisor Dave Cortese; State Legislator Ash Kalra and City of San Jose Councilmember, Pam Foley.

Meriwest COO, Lisa Pesta said, “This award is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our employees who work tirelessly to serve residents within our communities. We are honored to receive this award and certificates of appreciation. We will use this as our testament of our continued work to equalize the playing field for all community residents within Silicon Valley.”

In addition to Meriwest, other honorees were Roark Clayton, Lifetime Achievement Award; Rev. Bryan Franzen, Volunteer/Advocate; The Bill Wilson Center, Non-Profit of the year; and Santa Clara County Procurement, Corporate Member of the Year. The awards were presented at the 3 rd Annual Rainbow Chamber Impact Awards Ceremony at Villa Ragusa on January 24, 2020.

About Meriwest Credit Union

Founded in San Jose, California in 1961, Meriwest Credit Union, one of Silicon Valley’s largest and most established financial institutions, provides proactive, personal, convenient, and innovative financial services to over 80,000 families and businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Pima County, Arizona. Meriwest, with assets in excess of $2.3 billion, offers a wide array of personal banking, business banking, and wealth advisory products and services to members. The credit union was voted ‘Best Credit Union in Silicon Valley’ in the Mercury News’ 21st Annual ‘Readers’ Choice Awards’, ‘America’s Best Small Employers’ by Forbes Magazine in 2023, and a “Best Place to Work” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal 2020 through 2023. More information can be found at

About Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

Established in 1999, the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley represents over 100 LGBT and ally owned businesses, business owners, and professionals in the great San Jose Silicon Valley area. Our mission is to create a vibrant LGBT supportive business community through development, education, and advocacy.


Helen Grays-Jones
Meriwest Credit Union
Community Relations Manager
Direct Line: 408-365-6328

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