Chief External Affairs Officer
Air Force (ret.) Spouse
Chaitali S. Patel currently serves as Chief External Affairs Officer for Blue Star Families, a veteran and military family advocacy group. A highly-reputable banking and FinTech executive, she is also a co-founder of and managing partner at Washington Partners, a FinTech consulting firm. She was formerly Senior Director and head of Catalyst Solutions, the B2B finance arm of Fundation Group. During her banking tenure, she held a variety of senior executive positions at major national financial institutions including the Bank of Hawaii, Zions Bancorp, PNC Bank and HSBC Holdings. Her fifteen-plus years in the banking sector includes extensive experience with business strategy, bank operations, channel management and financial reporting. She holds a B.A. in Finance from University of North Texas and an MBA from the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business. Ms. Patel is proud Air Force spouse who has experienced five PCS relocations. Actively engaged in the community, she resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and her daughter.