Department of Economics

Jeff Finck

  • Graduated: 1982
  • Field: Banking

Jeff Finck graduated from CSU Chico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1982. Since 2008, he has served as President and CEO for Cornerstone Community Bank in Red Bluff, California. Jeff is a past president of Chico State’s Alumni Board of Directors and served on the President’s Advisory Board under both President Esteban and President Zing. Jeff was the commencement speaker for CSUC’s Baccalaureate Graduates in 1999.

Jeff handles the day to day functions of running a community bank. He believes the economic education/training he received at Chico State has served him well in running a banking franchise, especially during the challenging times of the last several years. Jeff stated “I took the reins of a bank at the cusp of a great recession and realized we had no playbook for what my bank, or the banking industry was facing. A fascinating amount of what I learned at Chico’s Econ Department has been applied to my career in banking. My ability to tackle complex problems such as interest rate risk analysis, loan portfolio stress testing, investment duration risk (in a zero interest rate environment), and a myriad of other complexities has been greatly enhanced due to the study of economics. I remember Dr. Shockley saying the country needs more micro economists. The older I get, the more I believe this to be true.”