Executive Vice President – Policy and Communications
Hope CU (Jackson, MS)
Ed Sivak first joined Hope Credit Union (HOPE) as an intern, and today serves as HOPE’s Chief Policy and Communications Officer, leading teams that drive HOPE’s advocacy agenda, and its communications with members, community allies, investors, media and other key stakeholders.
Since 2016, Sivak has been an active member of the Inclusiv Government Affairs Committee, and has been a presenter at several Inclusiv conferences, on topics such as Advocacy, Communications and Impact. He served as part of the leadership team in support of the recent Juntos Avanzamos designation of HOPE’s branches in Arkansas and Tennessee. During his 18 years at HOPE, Sivak spearheaded the establishment of the Hope Policy Institute; represented credit unions as an advisor to the Federal Reserve Board, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and has provided testimony to state and federal policymakers on numerous issues affecting low-income people and places. He led the development of HOPE’s systems to track the effectiveness of HOPE’s service to formerly unbanked members, its Borrow and Save program, its mortgage lending program to women and African American borrowers, and gains associated with HOPE’s small business lending. These systems have been leveraged to attract millions in investment and secondary capital for the credit union from banks, foundations and public sources.
As a member of the Inclusiv Board, Sivak will draw on this experience to increase access to capital for community development credit unions and leverage the power of Inclusiv’s collective voice and expertise. He will also bring over 15 years of experience in nonprofit and public governance garnered from board service with One Voice, Operation Shoestring, the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative, and the Jackson Public School Board of Trustees. Sivak holds graduate degrees in public policy and administration from Jackson State University and Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University.