Wagner Helps Guide NWCUA Legislative Efforts

Jennifer Wagner’s initiation into the world of public policy came early in her career. In fact, The Oregon State University graduate quickly scored an internship at the Oregon State Capitol with a state representative and she was immediately hooked.

Wagner, who joined the Credit Union Association of Oregon 2 years ago, is a key part of the government affairs team at the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). She has been a leader in building strong grassroots advocacy among member credit unions and making the Movement have impact on both the state and federal level.

“Credit union leaders make my job easy,” Wagner says. “They love to talk about what they do and why they do it which is such a compelling message to our elected officials.”

Jennifer worked for many years as a key staffer for Congresswoman Darlene Hooley, D-Oregon, and later for Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon. Her experience dealing with a myriad of constituent issues prepared her well for her role in credit union advocacy. She is a liaison between NWCUA members and our top elected officials.

“Credit union advocates have a great story to tell. It’s my job to put them in the venue where they can tell that story and help protect and promote the credit union movement,” Wagner said.

With legislative sessions underway in both Washington and Oregon, Wagner is keeping busy advocating our interests. She is also deeply involved in helping elected officials understand the impact of new regulations, helping support expanded Member Business Loans and protecting the tax-exempt status of credit unions.

Jennifer lives in Tigard, Oregon. When she is not immersed in credit union issues she keeps plenty busy with an 8- year old son and 4 year-old daughter. But, then again, she has proven a master at multi-tasking.

Contact Jennifer at 503.350.2224.

Posted in Advocacy News, Federal, NWCUA.