Lucy Ito

Credit unions and their regulators often appear to engage in a constant battle with one another, but at the Arlington, Va.-based NASCUS, the two groups have found strength in collaboration.

That was one of the most appealing aspects of NASCUS that Lucy Ito found when she accepted the president/CEO position at the organization in 2014. Now one year into her role, the former EVP and COO for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues also said she has been pleasantly surprised by the number of do-gooders in Washington.

“Since I’ve been in D.C., I’ve come across a lot of public servants, I’ve been impressed by how they solve problems,” Ito said. “Sometimes it’s easy to criticize people in Washington and say nothing is happening, but behind the scenes there is a lot of good work being done.”

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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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