Gigi Hyland, CUDE

Gigi Hyland

Executive Director | (202) 824-6282

Gigi serves as the Executive Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (The Foundation), the philanthropic and social responsibility leader of America's credit union movement. The Foundation raises funds, makes grants, manages programs, and provides resources for credit unions to improve their members’ and communities’ financial health and well-being.

In her role, Gigi inspires credit union professionals to collaborate and incorporate consumer financial health and cooperative principles into their business strategy. She also works to help credit unions make themselves part of the strategic architecture of their community's financial well-being, integrating business and benevolence so credit unions serve as a trusted resource to their members and their community. Gigi's career in the credit union system spans 29 years - as an advocate, attorney, federal regulator and now, philanthropist.

Prior to her work with the Foundation, Gigi served as a Board member of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the independent federal agency created by the U.S. Congress to regulate, charter and supervise federal credit unions. With the backing of the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, NCUA operates and manages the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of nearly 94 million account holders in all federal credit unions and the overwhelming majority of state-chartered credit unions.

During her seven-year tenure on the NCUA Board, Gigi spearheaded a number of key initiatives including co-authoring a policy white paper on supplemental capital and a report on credit unions’ outreach to people of modest means. She also directed the translation of NCUA’s consumer facing website,, into Spanish. During the financial crisis of 2008-2010, she provided strategic leadership, policy direction and execution of extraordinary initiatives and regulatory changes to respond to the failure of the four largest corporate (wholesale) credit unions. An innovator and strategic thinker, Gigi initiated the use of webinar technology at NCUA and fostered direct communication with examiners and regional offices at the agency to assure alignment of policy decisions and examination practice.

Gigi served as NCUA’s representative on the NeighborWorks® America Board of Directors. NeighborWorks® America is one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development. She served as Chairman of the Board, Chair of the Corporate Administration Committee, Chair of the CEO Search Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She also served as the NCUA Board liaison to the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), the National Association of State Charted Union Supervisors and the International Credit Union Regulators’ Network.

Prior to joining the NCUA Board, Gigi’s career spanned fourteen years serving the credit union community as an executive, attorney and advocate. She served as SVP, General Counsel for Empire Corporate FCU in Albany, NY, VP, Corporate Credit Union Relations at the Credit Union National Association; and Managing Partner of the family law firm, Hyland and Hyland. A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in comparative literature, Gigi also earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and an Advanced Diploma in International Law from McGeorge School of Law. Hyland also earned her Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designation in 1994.

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Get to Know Gigi

Passions: Helping people improve their financial lives

Inspiration: My family; Being outside in nature

Favorite food: C’mon now! I’m a foodie. That is an impossible question to answer!

Favorite quote: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” (from Max Erhmann’s Desiderata)

First concert: The Police at William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg, VA

Did you know?: My dad used to have sheep at his farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We both learned to shear sheep one spring at a sheep shearing class in the Shenandoah. Baaah!