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In response to an increasing demand for local networks that enable credit union professionals to work together, share knowledge, collaborate and develop solutions on local and national issues related to the financial inclusion of Hispanic and Latino communities, three credit union organizations launched the first-ever Juntos Avanzamos-National Association of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) Regional Chapter in California, according to an announcement last week from the NLCUP, Inclusiv Network and California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

The Leagues, a liaison of Juntos Avanzamos, plan to work with other state credit union leagues that are also considering the launch of a Juntos Avanzamos-NLCUP Regional Chapter, the announcement said. The Leagues along with Inclusiv Network, which together designed the guiding framework for Juntos Avanzamos-NLCUP Regional Chapters, will also provide tools and resources for League member credit unions interested in engaging with the chapter, which is open to credit union professionals who share a commitment to the financial inclusion of Hispanic and Latino communities, and share the values of the Juntos Avanzamos and NLCUP framework.

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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.

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