Louise Walker, the head of First Northern Bank in Dixon, Calif., will be wearing an additional hat over the next year — chair of the California Bankers Association.

Walker will lead the association's board for the 2016-17 term, which started May 12, it said in a news release this week.

Walker was appointed president and chief executive of First Northern in 2011. She has worked at the $1 billion-asset bank since 1979, holding a number of management positions including chief financial officer.

Walker has served as treasurer of the California Bankers, chairwoman of its state government relations committee and as a member of the board's executive committee.

"Louise has been a dedicated advocate for the banking industry for many years, and we look forward to the leadership and guidance she will provide the association in the coming year," Rodney Brown, president and CEO of the association, said in the release, which was issued Tuesday.

Walker is treasurer of the Solano Economic Development Corp. in Fairfield, Calif., and previously served on the board of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization.

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