CUNA Loses Staffer to the ABA
A member of CUNA’s advocacy team is leaving for the American Bankers Association (ABA) while another is joining the trade group from the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).
Robin Cook, pictured here, is departing CUNA on April 24 for the position of vice president and senior legislative counsel at the ABA.
“Robin has been a critical part of our advocacy team for the last several years, serving as Counsel for Special Projects,” CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan said in a memo to staff. “Robin has worked on a number of projects during his time at CUNA, but his work to get CUNA’s legal advocacy function off the ground, including his recent work to develop and draft an amicus brief that CUNA submitted to a Federal Court of Appeals in a surcharging case, is particularly noteworthy.”
“He has also led our efforts on payments, data security and patent reform,” he added. “We are very appreciative of his contributions, we look forward to working with him in his new capacity, and we wish him the best going forward.”
Additionally, Jillian Hitt, Donovan’s executive assistant, is leaving on May 8 for a new opportunity in Arizona. Donovan said she contributed significantly to the Charter Review and Enhancement Task Force and the Compendium Review. He also said she improved the administrative operation of CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Committee.
“In the early days of the Advocacy Team evolution, Jillian has been instrumental at keeping me focused and on track,” Donovan said in the memo. “Her good work has been regularly noted not only by her colleagues but by the CUNA members with whom she interacted. We wish her well and we will miss her greatly.”
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Eurgubian is joining CUNA on April 27 from the ICBA. She will serve as deputy chief advocacy officer for regulatory and executive branch relations and senior counsel.
The regulatory attorneys on the advocacy team will report to Eurgubian, who will be responsible for leading CUNA’s interactions with agencies such as the CFPB and the NCUA, as well as the Treasury Department and the executive branch.
Since 2009, Eurgubian was vice president and senior regulatory counsel at the ICBA. From 2007 to 2009, she served as assistant general counsel at Sallie Mae and an attorney in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve from 2002 to 2007. She earned her J.D. from American University and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.
In addition, Leah Dempsey will start at CUNA as senior director of advocacy and counsel on May 4. Dempsey comes to CUNA from the Community Financial Services Association where she worked as Policy Director since 2013. She was previously Maryland State Counsel for former Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Leah holds a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and earned a B.A. from the University of Delaware. Both new staffers are members of the State Bar of Maryland.