MADISON, Wis. (9/10/14)--Jim Nussle, the newly named president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association, has a deep and varied history in advocacy, public policy and lawmaking.
Most recently, Nussle has been providing consultancy services with his multi-disciplined public affairs media and strategic consulting firm, The Nussle Group. He has been a contributor and guest host for CNBC's "Squawk Box" and "The Kudlow Report" and has appeared on MSNBC and CNN.
In November 2010, Nussle was named president of Growth Energy, a trade association of renewable energy companies and industry partners focused on alternative energy sources, such as ethanol. He also served on the founding board.
During Nussle's tenure, Growth Energy nearly doubled its revenue, increased the membership by 18% to become the largest renewable energy association, added two new lines of business in market development, added a national marketing sponsorship with NASCAR and successfully navigated several regulatory and legislative challenges.
In 2007, President George W. Bush nominated Nussle to be the 36th director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As chief executive officer of this executive branch agency, Nussle was responsible for the president's fiscal agenda, management agenda, regulatory priorities, general agency mission, administrative operations and an $80 million operating budget.
As OMB director, Nussle served as one of the most senior White House advisers, participating on the president's National Economic Council, National Security Council, Homeland Security Council and National Domestic Policy Council. (See related story: Former House Budget Committee chair/director of OMB, Jim Nussle, named CUNA president/CEO.)
When he was elected in 1990, he was the youngest member of Congress at age 30. Of his 16 years in the House representing the state of Iowa, he spent six years as the chair of the House Budget Committee and gained a reputation for leading bipartisan efforts.
Nussle left Congress after he was selected to be the Republican nominee in the 2006 Iowa gubernatorial race. He lost the election to Chet Culver.
His community and charity service includes his position on the U.S. Programs advisory panel, which focuses on the challenges of improving education in America for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also serves as a director on the boards of Thrivent Mutual Funds and PRA Group Inc. and as a special adviser on the advisory board of AVISTA Capital Partners.