The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues recently made some important staff additions and role changes to further its aim of changing credit union members’ lives! That’s because supporting credit unions’ operations, awareness, guidance, and strategy remain pivotal going into 2022.
To that end, three new team members have been hired and one was transitioned into a new role. They are serving League-member credit union leaders and professionals each day so that credit unions, in turn, can serve their members in local communities across both states.
Angelica Pappalardo — Political Advocacy Manager (new hire)
Angelica is maximizing value and the political impact of League-member credit unions by ensuring a strong political program through targeted fundraising and strategic candidate support across California and Nevada.
For the past eight years, Angelica has served as client relations director for one of Sacramento's premier political consulting firms. Throughout her career, she has managed campaign finances and coordinated various political events, ranging from small and intimate private dinners to large-scale inaugurations. With her expertise in fundraising and development, strategic planning, and communications and relationship management, she has been successful in helping elect dozens of candidates to the California State Legislature.
Angelica is well-connected among the California political community and holds a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Cal State Sacramento.
Jeff Boian — Vice President of Education and Professional Development (new hire)
Jeff is busy rolling out new professional development opportunities for the Leagues’ member credit unions while also enhancing existing training and education opportunities — including (but not limited to) webinars, seminars, and conferences.
Jeff has spent nearly 20 years working in the field of higher education where he held a number of roles. These include student life, student services, full-time faculty, and career strategy. Most recently, he was with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. In addition to his new role with the Leagues, Jeff is a senior adjunct professor of career development. Additionally, Jeff has worked with organizations to offer training, consulting, and coaching services.
He loves to network and looks forward to connecting with like-minded individuals involved in using education and professional development to help make the lives of credit union members better every day. Jeff has a master’s degree in organizational leadership, along with additional graduate certificates in career and life planning, teaching in higher education, and organizational development and change. He is a certified Master of Career Services and is currently completing his professional coaching certification with the International Coaching Federation.
Daniel West — Vice President of Social Impact (new hire)
Daniel is the Leagues’ resource on increasing member credit unions’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) footprint in the communities they serve. With a special emphasis in raising financial services/wellness in historically underbanked and underserved communities, Daniel works directly with members to leverage the variety of federal and state funding sources and programs meant to support this work. This includes — but is not limited to — grant writing, program planning, implementation, and technical assistance as needed.
Daniel is also working to establish the Leagues as a credible and authoritative voice in the credit union social impact arena, keeping members up to date and informed of industry trends and best practices, as well as providing thought leadership on issues of state and national importance.
Daniel has devoted his career to increasing educational and economic opportunity for historically underserved communities. He has worked with both international and domestic organizations in leading efforts to influence, inform, and support the development of policies and programs that support underprivileged areas.
Additionally, Daniel has assisted organizations write and secure grant funds to start and expand existing programming that connects students from underserved communities to career education. He has extensive experience providing technical assistance to organizations of various sizes, including coordinating the efforts of multiple stakeholders working toward a common purpose.
Lisa Quaranta — Vice President of Regulatory Advocacy and Compliance (new role)
Lisa serves as a vital link between League-member credit unions and federal/state regulators, provides timely regulatory and compliance information, and mobilizes credit union leaders to help ensure their voices are heard during the regulatory rule-making process. She also provides leadership and liaison support of the Leagues’ compliance services and programs.
Lisa has over 20 years of diverse experience in the credit union industry and brings extensive knowledge of laws and regulations affecting compliance and operations. Prior to joining the Leagues, she provided compliance support to credit unions at ViClarity (formerly PolicyWorks), as well as at general counsel firm Moore Brewer Wolfe Jones Tyler & North. Lisa also previously worked in a variety of operational and lending roles at a credit union based in Southern California.
She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Cal State San Bernardino, and she has also earned her Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) designation.
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