CUNA GAC Dates Announced

Oregon State Credit Union CEO Rick Hein receiving the Buck Levins Credit Union Political Activist Award during CUNA GAC in February.

Credit Union National Association has announced that its 2017 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference will be held February 26 to March 2 in Washington, D.C. The largest advocacy event in the credit union movement, CUNA GAC brings 5,000 credit union leaders to tell Congress about our positive impact for Americans.

“CUNA GAC unites credit unions around our powerful cause,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “It’s a great conference and networking event. It’s our time to bring our message to Washington, D.C. Credit unions are different, and we make a difference for our more than 100 million members and their communities.”

The Northwest traditionally fields a strong contingent to CUNA GAC, with more than 200 attending earlier this year.

“Northwest credit unions traditionally have a strong presence during the CUNA GAC,” said Jennifer Wagner, NWCUA SVP of Advocacy. “These visits are some of the best opportunities for advocates to make their case to lawmakers, and spotlight how credit unions are different from other financial institutions.”

Hill Hikes, coordinated together with the state credit union leagues, are at the heart of CUNA GAC. Credit union representatives from all 50 states visit Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives, start conversations on pivotal legislative and regulatory issues, and remind them of the benefit credit unions have on their constituents’ lives.

CUNA GAC also features:

  • Keynote sessions from leaders in business, media and politics
  • Breakout sessions on important regulatory and advocacy topics
  • Touring the largest exhibit hall of any credit union event
  • Networking with fellow industry leaders

For the 7th year, CUNA welcomes young professionals to get engaged at CUNA GAC. Professionals under the age of 35 will have the opportunity to attend through a scholarship facilitated by The Cooperative Trust. More information on these scholarships can be found here.

To learn more and register for CUNA GAC, please visit

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