Oksana Markarova speaks during CUNA's GAC Oksana Markarova speaks during CUNA’s GAC on Feb. 26. (Photo: WFCU/WOCCU)

During CUNA’s GAC last year, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova addressed conference attendees via Zoom as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began to unfold. This year, she traveled to Washington, D.C. to thank those in the credit union movement in person for their donations and hard work in support of Ukrainians over the first year of the ongoing war.

Surprising an audience of nearly 200, Markarova appeared at the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions’ (WFCU) second annual Cooperative Voices event Sunday, WFCU announced. WFCU is the international development and charitable arm of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).

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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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