Cathie Mahon oversees all of the Federation’s programmatic and investment activities. Ms. Mahon was selected as the President/CEO following a nationwide executive search and joined the Federation on October 1, 2012. She is committed to continuing the Federation’s role of bridging the credit union movement to the community development field, promoting financial inclusion and identifying and connecting credit unions to unserved and untapped markets and communities.
Ms. Mahon most recently 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). OFE was the first initiative of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s anti-poverty efforts and 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. Ms. Mahon was a co-founder of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition and Fund, and has worked to integrate financial capability programming into municipal service delivery systems. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Mahon worked as a private consultant on issues of community development, financial empowerment and asset building, launching and directing the Asset Funders Network and serving as a lead researcher for the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. She previously served as a Program Officer and then Director of Policy and Program Development at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions and served on the Boards of the Lower East Side People’s FCU and Transfiguration Parish FCU. Ms. Mahon earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in Durham, NC and a Master’s of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.