NWCUA Adds Manager of Political and Grassroots Advocacy

Samantha Beeler has joined the Northwest Credit Union Association’s governmental affairs team as its manager of political and grassroots advocacy, a role that will allow her to work closely with Oregon and Washington credit unions to promote the credit union message and support the Association’s legislative and political agenda.

“We are thrilled to have Samantha join our team,” says Jennifer Wagner, the NWCUA’s vice president for legislative advocacy. “She brings new energy, and her exciting passion for credit unions and the importance of telling their story will help us take our advocacy programs to the next level.”

Beeler brings extensive grassroots advocacy experience to the Association after handling international outreach efforts for the aid organization The World Race in more than 13 countries around the globe. Most recently, she worked as a business development and marketing coordinator at BakerHostetler LLP in Washington, D.C. At the law firm, she worked closely with the government contracts practice and was responsible for event management.

Growing up around politics played a large role in her decision to attend Wheaton College in Illinois, Beeler says. She studied Political Science and International Relations, with an emphasis in Mandarin. Outside the office, she and her husband, Garrett, enjoy studying emergency management and have both completed courses with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute.

In 2013, she opened her own events firm in the D.C. area – a passion she says she’ll continue to pursue in Oregon. The move also brings her closer to her sisters and their families, who all live on the West Coast.

“I’m a newly converted credit union member,” Beeler says. “My husband and I spent hours researching credit unions as we prepared for our move to Portland, and we just loved what our credit union had to offer. They gave us such an immediate sense of community and helped us transition to the area.”

Beeler says she and her husband hope to do a bit of their own grassroots advocacy by creating a short documentary about their credit union conversion. She’s looking forward, she says, to helping Northwest credit unions get their voices heard, too — in Olympia, Salem and Washington, D.C.

Beeler will be based in NWCUA’s Oregon office. She can be reached by email at sbeeler@nwcua.org and by phone at 503.350.2218.

 

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

Posted in Advocacy News, NWCUA.