President and CEO, District Government Employees Federal Credit Union
Carla Decker joined District Government Employees (DC) Federal Credit Union as President/CEO in 2001. Chartered as an employer-based credit union, DGEFCU later acquired a community charter intended on serving the Latino population in Washington, D.C. Carla advanced DGEFCU’s community charter through ACCESO, an innovative collaborative and credit union service organization that linked multiple credit unions in addressing the financial needs of the local immigrant and under-served community. Under her leadership, DGEFCU attained the designations of Low Income Credit Union and Community Development Financial Institution. Prior to joining DGEFCU, Carla held various financial and operational management posts in tenures with PAHO/WHO Federal Credit Union and Transportation Federal Credit Union.
Carla is a founding member of the Network of Latino Credit Unions & Professionals; and was elected to the charter Advisory Council of the National Credit Union Foundation’s Development Education program. She was appointed Chair to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s inaugural Credit Union Advisory Council; and was President Obama’s nominee to the Board of the National Credit Union Administration. The National Association of Federal Credit Unions named her “CU Grassroots Activist of the Year”.
Carla currently serves on the boards of the Inclusiv, the Cooperative Development Foundation, and the National Cooperative Business Association & Cooperative League of the U.S.A. (NCBA/CLUSA). She is the U.S.A.’s delegate to the Board of the Co-operatives of the Americas, a Region of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Carla also designs and delivers curriculum to the Caribbean Credit Union Development Education program.
Originally from Peru, she immigrated to the United States to pursue higher education. Her undergraduate studies concentrated in Finance and she holds a Master’s degree in International Policy and Commerce from George Mason University in Virginia.