How Inclusiv is Evolving to Better Meet the Needs of our Members
We'll Meet Tuesday, February 8th at 1:15 PM ET!
Inclusiv invites you to join us to kick of our 2022 Town Hall series with an update on the Inclusiv network, a reflection on what we have achieved in the past year, and a look forward at what is in store in the coming months.
2021 was an unprecedented year for the impact, resources and visibility of community development credit unions. As our network grows and we build on our collective momentum, Inclusiv is restructuring and expanding to better serve and position our members for a successful future. Hear from Cathie Mahon, President/CEO of Inclusiv, Pamela Owens, SVP, People and Organizational Development of Inclusiv, and Richard Romero, CEO of Seattle CU and Inclusiv Board Chair as they bring you up to speed on the exciting plans ahead! You won't want to miss this.
Please send all questions in advance to Jules Epstein-Hebert, Director of Membership, at email@example.com before Monday, February 7 at 5:00 PM ET.
Cathie Mahon has led Inclusiv since 2012, overseeing a period of dramatic growth and expansion of the organization and network. She is committed to the Inclusiv mission of promoting financial inclusion and building more inclusive economies through community owned and controlled financial institutions. Mahon previously served as Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs where she started and led New York City’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE). NYC’s OFE was the first local government initiative in the nation with a mission aimed expressly at helping to educate, empower and protect low income residents to help them make the most of their financial resources. Mahon was a co-founder of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition and Fund and remains an active Board member. Mahon has worked as a consultant on issues of community development, financial empowerment and asset building. She was the founding coordinator of the Asset Funders Network and served as a lead researcher for the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program.
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, People and Organizational Development, and is responsible for developing the African American Credit Union Initiative (AACUI).
Richard Romero, as the leader of one of the oldest credit unions in Seattle, has placed a focus on leading an organization that focuses on making sure EVERYONE prospers and not just those with easy access to financial services. Over recent years, he has led his organization into areas that focus on populations that are mostly ignored by financial institutions by becoming a CDFI, LDI and Juntos Avanzamos Credit Union. Additionally, Seattle Credit Union has led the way in creating products such as Citizenship Loans, ITIN Real Estate Loans and ITIN auto and personal loans, as well as low down payment loans that assist home buyers in affording housing. In his years on the Board of Directors at Inclusiv, he has been able to lend his experience and passion to ensure that Community Development Credit Unions have the resources to serve underserved communities.