NCUA Hosting Community Development Financial Institutions Certification Webinar

Low-income credit unions interested in becoming certified as Community Development Financial Institutions can get valuable information from an upcoming webinar, “CDFI Certification –Special Credit Union Version,” hosted by the National Credit Union Administration.

The free webinar, is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Vanessa Lowe, economic development specialist with NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives, will be joined by three staff members from NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives — Pamela Williams, partnership and outreach analyst; Diane Rector, economic development specialist supervisor and training manager; Malia Peel, economic development specialist supervisor and project manager — and by Michelle Dickens, senior program analyst with the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

Participants will also hear from two credit unions about their experiences going through the certification process.

Online registration for this 90-minute webinar is now open here. Participants will use this same link to log into the webinar. Registrants should allow pop-ups from this website. Participants may submit questions in advance at  The email’s subject line should read, “CDFI Certification – Special Credit Union Version.”

Participants with technical questions about accessing the webinar may email This webinar will be closed captioned and then archived online here approximately three weeks following the live event.

In preparation for this webinar, NCUA has asked attendees to view the video “CDFI — Introduction and Overview,” part of NCUA’s Community Development Financial Institutions certification video series.

NCUA and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund are jointly engaged in an initiative to double the number of certified credit unions by the end of this year. Three Northwest credit unions were invited to participate in the pilot program.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,

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