Pamela Owens, CUDE
Senior Vice President, Organizational Development and Capacity Building
Pamela Owens has over 20 years of experience supporting community development credit unions' delivery of products and services to underserved communities. Ms. Owens has accomplished this with special attention to innovative product development, training and technical assistance. Since joining Inclusiv in 1998, a major focus of her work has been capacity building for small and faith-based credit unions. Her first assignment with Inclusiv, the CDCU Institute, successfully graduated eleven classes and trained more than 300 credit union professionals. Ms. Owens also developed and coordinated Inclusiv’s Each One, Teach Many financial literacy train-the-trainer program. This national program was taught in more than forty states to over 1000 trainers. The trainers returned to their communities and taught to more than 25,000 members. Ms. Owens also coordinated the Cooperative Finance Leaders for America (CFLA) fellowship program, which brought new and emerging thought-leaders to the credit union movement. Ms. Owens currently serves as Senior Vice President of Organizational Development and Capacity Building, and is responsible for developing the African American Credit Union Initiative (AACUI), which focuses on supporting legacy MDI credit unions as they look towards sustainability and growth through membership expansion and building efficiencies through technology.
Ms. Owens served as a judge on CUNA’s Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Literacy Committee for nine years and was as a Board Member of the National Disability Institute (NDI) for a decade. She worked on several steering committees throughout New York looking at the need for bilingual adult education programs. Ms. Owens is certified as a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) Class of 2006, best ever!
Prior to joining the Federation, Ms. Owens worked in higher education, developing post-secondary training, counseling and academic advisement programs for adults and at-risk youth. She holds a Master of Science in Adult Education and Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fordham University.