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Become an Elite Finance Leader for America

After a successful inaugural program in 2013, the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is excited to launch the second year of the Cooperative Finance Leaders for America (CFLA). Through a six-month paid fellowship, these new leaders will put their skills and passion for cooperative finance to work.

CFLA will recruit, train and support 15 new and emerging professionals for placement in leadership positions in credit unions dedicated to providing credit and safe banking services to low- and moderate-income communities.  The CFLA intensive training program will include a week-long summer institute in New York City this August and on-going support throughout the fellowship.

CFLA will enable credit unions to gain access to a pool of talented staff who share the values of the movement.  The program will recruit and develop new leaders who bring energy, strong skills and fresh perspectives into credit unions. Participating credit unions will gain a talented, diverse staff with leadership skills and a commitment to economic empowerment. All fellowships are expected to begin in September, 2014, and continue through February, 2015.

Credit unions are encouraged to recruit candidates for participation in the fellowship program.  Both the credit union and the candidate must submit completed applications within the deadline. Completed applications are due on July 2, 2014.

Click here for the fellows application. Click here for the credit union application. A complete description of the CFLA Program can be found on the Federation website at:

For additional questions, please contact Pamela Owens, vice president of Programs at (212) 809-1850, Ext. 215 or Jason Chang, Program Associate at Ext. 205.

About the Federation
The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) is a certified CDFI Intermediary representing community development credit unions (CDCUs). The Federation's member CDCUs provide credit, savings, transaction services and financial education to more than 2.5 million residents of low-income urban, rural and reservation-based communities across the United States, and hold over $22 billion in community-controlled assets. Founded in 1974, the Federation is headquartered in Lower Manhattan with offices in Madison, WI. The Federation offers a wide range of advocacy, educational, training, investment, marketing, and outreach programs to support and assist CDCUs. For more information about the Federation and its programs, please visit: