At any credit union, the role of the chief financial officer is a tough one. He or she must create a roadmap to financial success by setting the right pricing strategy, effectively managing credit risk and streamlining operational costs. But in California, where high unemployment, an unsteady housing market and loan losses became a standard over the past few years, developing a strategy for the long-term growth of a credit union has been especially hard.

The California credit union chief financial officer’s job continues to be a difficult one in 2012, said Diana Dykstra, president/CEO for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. At the end of 2011, credit unions in California saw increases in net income, membership and net worth ratios but suffered from loan portfolio challenges. Dykstra said, those trends are continuing, with evidence of growth in assets and shares coupled with contracting loan portfolios.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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