Washington State DFI Names Amy Hunter New Credit Union Regulator

Former Gambling Commission Deputy Director succeeds Linda Jekel, bringing more than 20 years of regulatory agency experience.

10/9/2018 

Headshot of Amy Hunter, new Washington state DFI Director of Credit Unions

Amy Hunter

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has named Amy Hunter as the new Director of Credit Unions. With a regulatory career spanning 25 years, Hunter brings extensive regulatory agency experience to the role.  

“We look forward to the skillset that Amy will bring to DFI,” Washington Department of Financial Institutions Director, Gloria Papiez said. “Her regulatory and legal background at the Gambling Commission coupled with media, legislative relations, and leadership skills will be an asset to the division and our agency as a whole.”  

Hunter spent the past 20 years with the Washington State Gambling Commission and looks forward to applying her expertise to a new field. 

“Credit unions are a good fit for my skills and background,” Hunter said. “The Department of Financial Institutions has a reputation for excellent leadership.” 

Hunter began her career with the Gambling Commission as staff attorney in 1994. From 1997 to 2015, she served as Communications and Legal Division Administrator and Legislative Liaison, where she cultivated extensive management and media relations experience and strong legislative skills in carrying out the agency’s agenda.  

After taking the role of Deputy Director in 2015, Hunter oversaw the agency’s management and leadership, including strategic planning, budget preparation, the management of 95 employees, and an annual budget of $10.2 million.  

“Amy brings extensive experience and leadership skills to the position,” said Northwest Credit Union Association President and CEO, Troy Stang. “She led the charge to update the Gambling Commission’s fee structure by personally meeting with licensees throughout the state, showing an impressive level of responsibility and commitment.”  

Hunter plans to work with outgoing credit union regulator, Linda Jekel, and the DFI staff during a six-week learning period beginning on Nov. 1, before fully assuming the role. Then she’ll take time to meet with her credit union stakeholders. 

“I look forward to working with Amy,” NWCUA AVP of Regulatory Advocacy John Trull said.  “She is a seasoned regulator whose experience as a staff attorney, legislative liaison, and deputy director of a regulatory agency gives her the skills necessary to move the agency forward, stand up for the rule of law, and apply regulations in a fair and consistent manner.” 

Hunter is looking forward to her new role and collaborating with credit unions in Washington state. The new director will become leader of the public agency that examines and supervises state credit unions for safety, soundness, and compliance with applicable credit union law in order to protect members’ financial interests. 

“I truly enjoy working with stakeholders, working toward common goals, and figuring out how we can achieve them,” Hunter said. “The agency [Washington State Department of Financial Institutions] has done a good job in their role of protecting the public’s [financial interest] and my goal is to continue doing so.”  

Editor’s Note: Credit union professionals will have the opportunity to meet Amy Hunter at NWCUA’s annual convention, MAXX 2018, on Oct. 18 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. at the “Critical Information from Your Regulators” educational breakout session. Register today.