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National Credit Union Foundation Announces New Members on Board of Directors

Melanie Murphy and Creighton Blackwell

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) confirmed two new members of its voluntary Board of Directors on January 18, 2022.

Creighton Blackwell, chief culture and impact officer at Coastal Federal Credit Union, was elected following an open nomination process. Blackwell assumes the seat previously held by Angela McCathran, president and CEO, People’s Trust Federal Credit Union.

Melanie Murphy, executive director of the Illinois Credit Union Foundation, was appointed to the seat held for state credit unions and foundations, vacated by Tena Lozano, executive director of the RMJ Foundation.

“To catalyze change across the credit union movement, the Foundation needs the strategic leadership and vision of a board committed to improving the financial health of our nation,” said Executive Director, Gigi Hyland. “The experience Creighton and Melanie both bring, will be invaluable additions to the Foundation.”

Blackwell added: “What excites me about the Foundation is delivering impact at scale. It is a touchstone for the credit union movement, and I look forward to playing a role in its ongoing success.”

Murphy added: “Nationwide, too many of us are financially unhealthy. I firmly believe the strategic philanthropy of the National Credit Union Foundation has a pivotal role to play in addressing those challenges head-on.”

Ratification of the two new board members occurred during the Foundation’s annual meeting. One final seat held by the CUNA Board of Directors remains vacant until an appointee can be named at the next meeting of their board in late February.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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