WOCCU names Elissa LaBorde president/CEO

June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021
Washington, DC


The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Board of Directors today named Elissa McCarter LaBorde as the organization’s new president/CEO.

“Congratulations to Elissa for being named the next leader of the World Council of Credit Unions,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Elisa is a proven leader in international development, and we are confident that her unique skillset will strengthen the global credit union movement. CUNA and our partners look forward to working with her as World Council continues to ensure the international success of not-for-profit financial cooperatives.” 

LaBorde will be the first woman to serve as World Council's president/CEO. Prior to joining WOCCU, she served since 2009 as CEO of Vitas Group, a for-profit holding company she established under Global Communities, an international development and humanitarian aid organization that operates in 27 countries. 

“World Council of Credit Unions is a well-known and respected organization with massive reach and the potential to truly deliver next-generation financial products and services to last-mile customers all over the globe. I am honored to join its work in expanding the credit union footprint and its mission to improve the lives of its vast network of members, especially in lower-income and disadvantaged communities,” LaBorde said in a WOCCU statement announcing her new role.

LaBorde has lived and worked in five countries (France, Benin, Armenia, Turkey and Zimbabwe) and has traveled to over 70 countries around the world. She is a published author of two books, as well as a number of academic journals and essays related to financial inclusion and economic development. 



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Lauren Williams
CUNA Communications