Brian Knight was appointed President and CEO on January 1, 2022. He joined NASCUS in 1998 and had served as NASCUS’ general counsel since 2007. In 2014, Mr. Knight was also named executive vice president. In addition to managing NASCUS’ legal affairs, Mr. Knight oversaw NASCUS’ legislative and regulatory analysis, policy development, advocacy, and compliance guidance. He also oversaw NASCUS’ professional development department and Accreditation and State Programs department. 

With an extensive background in both legislative and regulatory analyses and a comprehensive knowledge of the state and federal credit union regulatory system, Mr. Knight represents NASCUS speaking at seminars, trade association meetings, and conferences. Mr. Knight has testified before numerous state legislatures on behalf of state regulatory agencies and participated in industry strategic planning sessions. 

In 2005, Mr. Knight developed a Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering compliance conference for examiners and credit unions. Held in partnership with CUNA, the conference today remains the largest credit union specific BSA training in the country. 

Mr. Knight earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary school of law. Prior, he earned a B.A. in history and political science from Hope College. Mr. Knight is a member of the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. 


Lamont Black

Associate Professor

DePaul University

Professor Lamont Black is a recognized expert on cryptocurrency and blockchain who is a regularly invited speaker for conferences, board presentations, and the media. His teaching on cryptocurrency at DePaul covers aspects of money and investing and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune. In his graduate course on blockchain, he works with business and […]

Nora Carpenter

Nora Carpenter

President & CEO

United Way of Treasure Valley

Nora Carpenter is the President and CEO of United Way of Treasure Valley, a well-known leader in Idaho’s nonprofit community. She was named the Idaho Business Review’s Idaho Woman of the Year in 2016 and CEO of Influence in 2019. An Idaho native originally from Caldwell and a proud Idaho Vandal, Carpenter joined United Way […]

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Erin Lopez Nielsen

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director


Erin López Nielsen is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director for the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). In this role, she is implementing DFI priorities for greater financial equity for communities of color and other underserved groups in Washington State. Erin brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of DEI.  She started […]

Patti Perkins


ID Department of Finance

Patricia (Patti) Perkins has been in Idaho business for over 25 years.  She has a long history in commercial banking where her last assignment with KeyBank was SVP in charge of retail banking in Idaho.  She also has spent much of her career in human resources, starting with banks in California, moving to Idaho and […]

Janet Powell

Janet M. Powell


OR Department of Finance

Janet Powell has worked for the State of Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, since September 1992, when she was hired as a Financial Examiner. Powell was appointed Supervising Examiner of the Credit Union Program on July 1, 2004, and was appointed as its Program Manager in […]