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President Donald J. Trump nominated Rodney E. Hood for the NCUA Board on January 19, 2019. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on March 14, 2019; he took the oath of office on April 8, 2019; and he was designated as the eleventh NCUA Chairman by President Trump. As NCUA Board Chairman, Mr. Hood also serves as a voting member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. He also represents the NCUA on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council and the Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee. Mr. Hood was previously nominated to the NCUA Board by former President George W. Bush and served from November 2005 until August 2009. He was appointed Vice Chairman, and he served as the NCUA’s representative on the Board of Directors of NeighborWorks America.

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Jim Nussle is the President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).  CUNA is the largest and most influential national financial services trade association advocating for America's credit unions. There are nearly 5,700 credit unions nationwide, with over 115 million members and more than $1.2 trillion in assets. Since 2014, Jim has been proud to lead the grassroots advocacy strength of the credit union movement. He believes credit unions are American's best financial partner, possessing what he calls special “cooperative superpowers” that help make dreams come true for their members. By prioritizing their members' financial health, credit unions are best positioned to meet the many diverse needs of individuals, families and communities across the country. 

Rick Steve Rick is a director and the chief economist for CUNA Mutual Group. He is an economic researcher, analyst and forecaster with an expertise in consumer markets and the credit union industry. Steve's forecasts are the starting point for the strategic planning process and help create a clear understanding of the underlying trends and links between the general economy, the financial services industry, and CUNA Mutual Group's policy owners. He was previously the senior economist for CUNA's Economics & Statistics Department for 22 years. In addition to his work at CUNA Mutual Group, he serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union (UWCU).
Donovan Ryan Donovan is Chief Advocacy Officer at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). He is responsible for the development and implementation of the CUNA's legislative, regulatory and state government advocacy efforts.  In recent years these efforts have proven successful in reducing credit unions' regulatory burden and protecting them from legislative proposals which would make it more difficult for them to serve their members. Ryan joined the CUNA as Vice President - Legislative Affairs in September 2007, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2011 and to Chief Advocacy Officer in January 2015.  Prior to joining CUNA, Ryan worked for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as Director of Federal Government Affairs.  
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Governor David Y. Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of the State of Hawai‘i on December 1, 2014.  Governor Ige is focused on improving the lives of Hawaiʻi’s people and making the islands a place future generations choose to call home. He is increasing affordable housing, reducing homelessness, moving toward the state’s 100% renewable energy goal, and remodeling public education to prepare students for the innovation economy of the 21st century. Under his leadership, the state has aggressively moved to ensure financial sustainability and enable future growth. He believes that we can achieve our shared goals because we have always been better together than alone.

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Chad Blair has been a writer, editor and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. His job as reporter and editor is to cover Hawaii, especially how political decisions impact people and communities. Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu. He then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from UH Manoa. His dissertation, “Democracy in Hawaii: Class, Race and Gender in Local Politics” (1996), was published as “Money, Color and Sex in Hawaii Politics” (Mutual Publishing; 1998).