Gen Y members are similar to credit unions when it comes to politics. Not necessarily in their political viewpoints but in their depth of political involvement.

For example, in the 2008 presidential election, America saw the biggest turnout of voters between the ages of 18 and 31 since 1972. I remember that election clearly. My then-boyfriend and I lived in South Carolina, and we took a few days off from work to travel to Charlotte, N.C., and go door-to-door trying to convince voters to support our candidate. Throughout the process, watching election-related news became an obsession for us.

My presidential election addiction began four years prior to that, when I was a senior at the University of Oregon. Student groups televised the first Bush-Kerry debate in a theater as if it were a movie premiere. I met with fellow political enthusiasts weekly to discuss our on-campus campaigning strategy. And wearing political pins and stickers on Oregon Ducks sweatshirts became the norm for student fans at football games. 

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.