NWCUA Welcomes new Committee Members


Credit union professionals are an invaluable resource that provide a frequent, insider-look at the challenges facing the industry. Your Association greatly values the guidance of these professionals who participate on our committees and task forces.

By working with NWCUA’s staff, committee members help your Association expand opportunities for credit unions across the Northwest, from advocacy and governmental affairs, to marketing and business partnerships.

The 2019 nomination period is now closed and your Association is excited to announce its new committee and task force members. We thank all of those who have committed to contributing their expertise and voices to these groups in 2019, and we look forward to collaborating with them to further the Northwest Credit Union Movement.

To see a full list of new members, please visit the 2019 Committees webpage.

The 2019 committees include:

  • Advocacy Committee: This committee is responsible for developing and training advocacy leaders within the credit union industry, and for setting fundraising goals and assisting in fundraising events on behalf of state PACs and CUNA’s CULAC. For more information about this committee, contact Samantha Beeler, VP, Advocacy.
  • Awards Committee: This committee heads the overall administration and judging of the annual awards program, which is designed to seek out and honor excellence in the Northwest credit union community. For more information, contact Christine Ruzzi, AVP, Enterprise Engagement Resources.
  • Defense Fund Oversight Subcommittee: Maintaining a strong defense fund is critical to the Credit Union Movement. This sub-committee is responsible for providing oversight to the defense fund expenditures. For more information, contact Jennifer Wagner, EVP, Chief Advocacy Officer.
  • Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Governmental Affairs Committees: Each state’s Governmental Affairs Committee assists the Association in an advisory capacity by providing guidance on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues, and by developing policy recommendations to present to the NWCUA board. For information, contact Ryan Fitzgerald, VP, Legislative Affairs for Idaho, and Jennifer Wagner, EVP, Chief Advocacy Officer, for Oregon and Washington information.
  • Regulatory Advisory Subcommittee: Members of this subcommittee partner with regulatory agencies to develop responsible rules and regulations. They also gather feedback from member credit unions, which informs the Association’s regulatory priorities. For more information, contact John Trull, VP, Regulatory Advocacy.
  • Strategic Market Share Task Force: This task force works with Association staff to help Northwest credit unions discover market share growth opportunities. For more information, contact Danielle Sittu, SVP Marketing and Communications.
  • Value Creation Task Force: Members of this task force connect Northwest credit unions to fin-tech opportunities by examining emerging trends, gathering ideas, piloting small-batch beta tests, providing feedback, and helping NWCUA staff determine win-win opportunities that benefit consumers, credit unions, partners, and the Association. For more information, contact Jason Smith, VP, Strategic Resources.

For more information about the NWCUA’s committees, contact Christine Ruzzi, AVP, Enterprise Engagement Resources.

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