Washington Capital Partners

Company: Washington Capital Partners
Diversity Team Name: Washington Capital Partners
Diversity Team Leader(s): Giselle Bonzi
Website: www.washingtoncapitalpartners.com

What Makes this Diversity Team Stand Out

Washington Capital Partners (WCP) should be recognized as a 2022 Outstanding Diversity Team because of all its innovative efforts in the hard-money lending industry. Since 2018, the company has greatly increased its efforts to hire diverse team members, as well as increasing leadership opportunities for women and minority professionals at the company. Today, women make up 52 percent of WCP’s staff, and minority employees make up 65 percent. Through mentoring programs, women and minorities represent 50 percent of the leadership team.

While WCP focused on increasing diversity internally, the company also carried out initiatives that offer more opportunities for women and minority clients, with products designed just for their needs. Similarly, in 2020, the company created The WCP Foundation, which was born of a long-time dream to contribute to the community, not only through the work that WCP does, but also with the profits from its efforts. Since its inception, The WCP Foundation has focused on initiatives that create systemic changes, while addressing social and economic inequalities, such as immigration reform, health disparities, racial inequality, economic empowerment, housing sustainability, and environmental causes.

The diversity of WCP’s team has contributed immensely to creating a culture that is inclusive, where people can thrive and do their best, while being able to bring their uniqueness to their everyday jobs. At the same time, the team’s diversity attracts and retains top talent, as people appreciate the difference of thought and the richness of conversations and outcomes that these can create. The company’s cultural diversity has helped create an environment that employees enjoy. It has also enabled WCP to achieve impressive results, as evidenced by the awards listed here:

  • Financial Times The Americas’ (500) Fastest Growing Companies (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Stevie Business Awards, Minority-Owned Business of the Year (2022)
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2022 Latino Leaders Worth Watching (2022)
  • Mortgage Professional Association, Elite Women in Mortgage (2021)
  • Women Presidents’ Organization and JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking, Women 2 Watch of 2021 (#11, 2021)
  • Women Presidents’ Organization and JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking, 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned and -Led Companies (#42, 2021)
  • Washington Business Journal, Corporate Diversity Index–Small Companies (2019, 2021)
  • Inc. Magazine, The 250 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the DC Metro Area (#59, 2021)
  • Inc. Magazine, The 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Washington Business Journal, The 75 Fastest-Growing Private Companies (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Great Place to Work® (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Washington Business Journal, 40 Under 40 (WCP’s CEO Daniel Huertas was featured as a top business leader under the age of 40 in the DC Metro Area (2019)