The National Credit Union Foundation’s Senior Program Manager Mark Lynch will retire at the end of January.
“With a career in credit unions spanning forty-one years, the impact that Mark has had on the movement is immeasurable,” said Gigi Hyland, Foundation executive director. “Mark has been an amazing asset to the Foundation team, and I look forward to seeing how he continues to improve the lives of credit union members in his next chapter.”
Prior to moving to the United States from Australia, Lynch worked as the deputy chairman of Australian National Credit Union, then Australia’s largest credit union, and also served as the volunteer and resources manager with the Australian Credit Union Foundation.
After moving to the United States, Lynch established himself as a credit union consultant specializing in program and product development, project management, strategic planning, housing & financial counseling and board governance.
Before transitioning to a senior program manager role, in 2007, Lynch began working as a field coach with the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions Program to help credit unions develop programs and services aimed at low-wealth households. The REAL Solutions program has since retired, but many of its products and services are still helping members today.
Lynch has been instrumental in the growth of the Enhanced FiCEP Program, helping credit union staff to become certified financial counselors. In the last eight years, he has trained over 2,000 credit union staff in over 520 credit unions in 30 states. He also spearheaded a non-prime auto lending pilot designed at making loans to borrowers with weak or no credit histories, demonstrating the value in member service and the worthwhile business opportunity for credit unions.
Lynch also developed the hands-on interactive Retirement Fair to help credit union staff, members and community members to better prepare for retirement.