In a key shift on its lobbying team, CUNA said this week it has promoted Ryan Donovan, vice president-legislative affairs, to senior vice president and will head up the trade’s “on-the-ground lobbying activities.” The promotion is effective today.
Donovan, who joined CUNA in September 2007, previously was director of federal government affairs for the California and Nevada Credit Union League, establishing the league’s office in Washington.
CUNA noted that Donovan’s promotion comes after CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney in July detailed plans to expand the Washington office roles of John Magill, who was named executive vice president of government affairs and special assistant to the president, and Susan Newton, who became executive vice president of system relations. Magill and Newton also assume their new duties on Sept 1.
Donovan will report to Magill.
“Ryan is an outstanding lobbyist and advocate for credit unions, well known and highly regarded on Capitol Hill,” said Cheney. “CUNA continues to benefit enormously from his experience, energy and insight.”
Donovan previously worked for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), handling his financial services committee issues before becoming legislative director and then chief of staff. Donovan first came to Washington to work for then-House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO).