President and CEO, Kauai Government Employees FCU (Lihue, HI)
As President and CEO of Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union, Monica Belz shapes a dynamic island vision for economic growth grounded in sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
Her 20 years of experience in social impact community development complements a diverse portfolio of work that includes disaster relief, wilderness survival and first aid, documentary filmmaking, numerous humanitarian projects and stints as an EMT firefighter and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
Early in her career, she launched a company specialized in advancing global projects for multinational corporations, real-estate development and portfolio management, and spearheading community development initiatives in financial empowerment. Her pioneering spirit has taken her on global expeditions to 45 countries on four continents.
Led by a passion for social entrepreneurship and her expertise in strategy, branding, market entry and business development, she achieved her Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designation through the National Credit Union Foundation, joined the Young Professionals Program with the World Council of Credit Unions and participated in Cooperative Trust’s CRASHER program. Prior to joining KGEFCU as CEO, she was Vice President of Strategic Development at Gather Federal Credit Union in Hawaii.
Monica is fluent in Russian and holds a Global MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Communications from Vanguard University of Southern California.
An avid hiker, climber and surfer, she resides on the island of Kauai with her three children and leads a dynamic team committed to innovation and a vibrant local economy.