More than 250 Northwest Credit Union Advocates to Message Credit Union Priority Legislation During CUNA GAC


Credit Union professionals gather for a group shot in Washington, D.C., during CUNA GAC in 2018.

Northwest credit unions’ voices will be heard in the beltway next week when the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference kicks off.

Continuing a long tradition of strong attendance at GAC, a delegation of more than 250 advocates from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington will join the Northwest Credit Union Association in messaging NWCUA-backed legislative and regulatory priorities. The attendee roster includes Directors, CEOs, other C-suite leaders, and young professionals who are passionate about why not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions are consumers’ best financial services providers.

The agenda includes two days of advocacy training and keynote addresses by nationally recognized thought leaders such as Former Secretary of State John Kerry, bestselling business author Malcolm Gladwell, and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

On Wednesday, March 13, the Northwest advocacy army will march into meetings with all Members of Congress, the U.S. Senate, and their staff liaisons to discuss credit unions’ policy advancement agenda, including:

  • Northwest credit unions’ positive, $7.8 billion economic impact, as documented in an independent analysis by ECONorthwest;
  • An ask that Congress and regulators tailor laws and regulations, and reduce the regulatory burden so credit union members have access to more efficient and affordable services from credit unions;
  • Recommendations that Congress enhances payment security to reduce the impact merchant data breaches have on credit unions and their 7.3 million members in the Northwest; and
  • The importance of preserving credit unions’ tax structure, so members continue to enjoy direct financial benefits their not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions deliver to them. In the Northwest, those benefits totaled $603 million last year.

Attendees are encouraged to use social media while at CUNA GAC. Tweet to lawmakers, and to your Association! Our Twitter handle is @NWCUA. Use hashtags including #CUNAGAC, #CUDifference, and #CreditUnions, and use #NWCreditUnions to show your Northwest pride in D.C. when you tweet. You can also share your posts to our Facebook page. Please send your photos and videos to Communications Director Elizabeth Baker, by emailing

Editor’s note: Look for the spotlight to shine on Northwest credit unions during CUNA GAC as two credit unions from the region receive national CUNA Awards, a CEO is inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders, and two Northwest credit union executives continue service to the national CUNA Board of Directors. Watch our social media channels and Anthem next week for full coverage.









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