Chinese Credit Union Leaders Visit CU SoCal

CU SoCal Participates in Cultural Enrichment for Chinese Delegation

Brea, CA—As a part of Cal Poly Pomona’s Global Education Program, 20 credit union presidents from the Xinjiang Bankers Group in Urumqi, China visited the $700 million Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal) last month.

Sent by the Chinese government to take best practices from U.S. credit unions back to China, the financial leaders sought to learn firsthand about the American economy, the operational organization of U.S. credit unions, and their risk management efforts.

The Chinese delegation met with CU SoCal President/CEO Dave Gunderson and Senior Vice President Michelle Hunter and received tours of the credit union’s corporate office and Whittier branch.

Gunderson said, “We are pleased to partner with Cal Poly Pomona’s Global Education Program to share the philosophy, purpose, and benefits of a financial cooperative with the visiting delegation. We hope this visit gave these leaders insights of how CU SoCal’s unique not-for-profit model functions in today’s financial marketplace through its service and People Helping People philosophy.”

In addition to visiting CU SoCal during their 21-day visit, the Chinese delegation also visited Cal Poly Pomona Credit Union as well as other tourist locations in the Southern California region.

About Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal)
Founded in 1954 as Whittier Area Schools Federal Credit Union, CU SoCal has a five-star financial rating from BauerFinancial, a nationally recognized independent research firm. Today, CU SoCal has nearly $700 million in assets and is dedicated to Building Better Lives for its 55,000 Member-Owners through World-Class Service, competitive products, and convenience. Membership is open to those who live, work, worship, or attend school in Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, the cities connecting those geographic areas, as well as Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Pomona and San Bernardino. For more information, visit

About Cal Poly Pomona’s Global Education Program
Cal Poly Pomona’s Global Education Program serves international clients and enhances cultural relationships by following a polytechnic approach of learning by doing in developing its customized professional development programs. Curriculum is tailored to meet specific needs and interests of the group. Hands-on experiences such as tours to local businesses and facilities further enhance the knowledge and experience obtained during the training programs.

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