I recently attended the 2017 State Government Affairs Conference in Wisconsin, where CUNA’s Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan addressed the audience about the new administration, credit union advocacy and lobbying for credit unions in Washington. He told us that, regardless of who’s sitting in office, politics is won by those who show up. He also mentioned that on Capitol Hill, credit union people are known as the “nice guys.”

That got me thinking about two things when it comes to credit union advocacy. For one, who’s showing up on behalf of credit unions? And for two, are we “finishing last” when we show up as the nice guys?

I don’t want credit unions to finish last. If you don’t either, fortunately there is something we all can do about it. And we don’t need to be lobbyists or lawmakers to make a difference. It’s a grassroots world we live in today.


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