CUNA Hires New Political Director WASHINGTON-CUNA has named Thomas D. “Trey” Hawkins III as its new political director. Hawkins will join the outfit in early February. He replaces Karen Ward Kincer, who left CUNA to become a full-time mom. As political director, Hawkins will be responsible for all of CUNA’s political programs, including the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, Get Out the Vote efforts, campaign schools, and serving as a liaison to the national party committees. Hawkins most recently served as finance director for the Louisiana Democratic Party in Baton Rouge during the 2003-04 state and federal elections, respectively. Under his watch, annual giving increased 33% and the party’s grassroots donor base tripled and raised nearly $6 million. Additionally, Hawkins directed overall fundraising strategy for the coordinated campaign efforts that elected Louisiana Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco, four of the other five statewide office holders in Louisiana, and newly elected Congressman Charlie Melancon. “Trey brings five solid years of experience in political fundraising and campaign management,” CUNA Vice President of Political Affairs Richard Gose said. “We look forward to him building on our already solid political program here at CUNA.” Hawkins is a native of Montgomery, Ala., and a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical information including comprehensive product and service provider listings via the Marketplace Directory, CU Careers, resources from industry leaders, webcasts, and breaking news, analysis and more with our informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and CU Times events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account?


Credit Union Times

Join Credit Union Times

Don’t miss crucial strategic and tactical information necessary to run your institution and better serve your members. Join Credit Union Times now!

  • Free unlimited access to Credit Union Times' trusted and independent team of experts for extensive industry news, conference coverage, people features, statistical analysis, and regulation and technology updates.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and Credit Union Times events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join Credit Union Times

Copyright © 2023 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.