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2017 GAC Crashers
Crashers from the 2017 GAC pose for a group photo. This year, 78 Crashers will join industry leaders in Washington D.C. from Feb. 25 to March 1 to Crash the GAC.

78 CUNA GAC Crashers announced

January 18, 2018

Since 2010, members of Filene Research Institute’s Cooperative Trust have descended upon the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) to participate in conversations on the future and sustainability of the credit union industry. 

On Feb. 25, 78 Crashers will join thousands of industry leaders in Washington, D.C. to Crash the GAC. Crash the GAC is a non-stop, career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to experience the industry’s largest advocacy conference with a complimentary registration. 

Crashers will experience the conference in a dynamic way with exclusive networking opportunities and mentoring sessions with industry leaders, previously from organizations such as CUNA, Filene Research Institute and the National Credit Union Foundation.  

“As we continue to grow The Cooperative Trust and Crash opportunities, we’re always challenging ourselves to elevate and advance the program to provide the most impact for young professionals and the credit union system,” said Lauren Culp, manager of The Cooperative Trust. “We know that it’s more important than ever that young people have a voice and are included in the conversation as we look to the future of our industry.” 

“The Crashers program is great for young credit union professionals, for GAC, and for the entire movement,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “The Crashers get to network and participate in the premier event of the credit union industry, the GAC benefits from their enthusiasm and fresh 
perspectives, and the movement is invigorated by a new generation of fired-up advocates who have learned how to reach out to legislators to effect change.” 

This year, ten credit unions have chosen to pay their Crasher’s registration fee to allow for ten other young professionals to attend with the complimentary registration. Further, Bethpage (N.Y.) FCU, BECU, Tukwila, Wash., Coastal CU, Raleigh, N.C., and SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif., have chosen to pay for their Crashers’ registration fees and have also collectively donated an additional eight crasher spots to the program.  

Crash the GAC is sponsored by The Cooperative Trust and Filene Research Institute, and is made possible with the support of CUNA, and with help from credit union leagues/associations.