Trailhead CEO Jim McCarthy Named to Northwest Credit Union Foundation Board

Jim McCarthy, the president and CEO of Trailhead Credit Union in Portland, has been named to the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s board of directors.

McCarthy will fill the District 4 seat vacated by Jill Nowacki, who left Oregon in November to become president and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut. McCarthy will join the board March 5, and will serve through October 2014.

“The importance of Jim’s leadership in the credit union movement during this rapidly changing time cannot be understated,” says Troy Stang, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s president and CEO. “The Foundation has much work to do to support our credit unions and the communities we serve, and we look forward to Jim’s involvement.”

McCarthy has been president and CEO of Trailhead since April 2011. Before joining the credit union, which serves more than 6,000 members and has more than $95 million in assets, he worked for 11 years at TwinStar Credit Union in Olympia, first as controller and then as vice president of strategic planning.

McCarthy graduated from the Western CUNA Management School in 2003 with high honors. In addition to his new role on the Foundation board, he is a member of the NWCUA’s Oregon Governmental Affairs Committee.

“I know I speak for the entire Foundation board when I say how happy we are that Jim is joining our ranks,” says Steve Wilder, the Foundation’s board chair. “We have a busy year planned that will engage the board in working with new community partners and Northwest credit unions to promote community asset building, economic empowerment and cooperative development, all while helping credit unions tell their stories about the investments they make in their members and communities.”

Kim Vu, the NWCUF’s executive director, says the Foundation’s strategic philanthropy plays a crucial role in the Northwest by going beyond scholarships and grants to cultivate opportunities, develop leaders, identify and nurture partnerships, and encourage the kind of collaboration between credit unions, community organizations and nonprofits that helps the regional economy grow.

“The most impactful philanthropy is through thoughtful and strategic counsel, and that’s where the board plays a critical role,” Vu says. “The direction from our board members helps us invest in credit unions and communities in ways that help people build financial capacity, contribute towards regional economic development and sustain cooperative growth.”


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