Cooperative Finance Leaders for America


After a successful inaugural program in 2013, the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is excited to launch the 2nd year of the Cooperative Finance Leaders for America (CFLA). Through a six-month paid fellowship, these new leaders will put their skills and passion for cooperative finance to work.

CFLA will recruit, train and support up to 15 new and emerging professional for placement in leadership positions in credit unions dedicated to providing credit and safe banking services to low- and moderate-income communities.  The CFLA intensive training program will include a weeklong summer institute in New York City this August and on-going support throughout the fellowship.

CFLA will enable credit unions to gain access to a pool of talented staff who share the values of the movement.  The program will recruit and develop new leaders who bring energy, strong skills and fresh perspectives into credit unions. Participating credit unions will gain a talented, diverse staff with leadership skills and a commitment to economic empowerment. All fellowships are expected to begin in September 2014 and continue through February 2015.

We encourage credit unions to recruit candidates for participation in the fellowship program.  Both the credit union and the candidate must submit completed applications within the deadline.

Completed applications for both the fellows and the credit unions are due on July 18, 2014. To learn more about CFLA, see the  program overview.

Click here for the fellows application. Click here for the credit union application.

Only Federation members may participate in CFLA. To learn more about membership with the Federation, please see themembership section.

For additional questions, please contact Pamela Owens, Vice President of Programs at (212) 809-1850, Ext. 215/ powens@cdcu.coopor Jason Chang, Program Associate at Ext. 205/

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