Debra Johnston joins Elevations Credit Union as Chief People Officer

BOULDER, CO (September 6, 2016) — Debra Johnston has joined Elevations Credit Union as Chief People Officer, bringing over 16 years of experience in human resource management to its leadership team. “Debra is a proven top-notch leader who will help foster the engagement of our team and build upon our high-performance culture,” said Gerry Agnes, President and CEO of Elevations. “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome her to our team.”

Johnston most recently served as Vice President of Human Resources at Nordstrom fsb – Bank & Credit division in Centennial, Colo., and Human Resources Business Partner at Nordstrom Inc. for the CFO and EVP Strategy in Seattle, Wash.

“Elevations Credit Union has truly created something very special that I find compelling, energizing, and engaging – the heart of a non-profit, the savvy mind of a business, and the ‘secret sauce’ of the people and culture,” said Johnston. “I am excited to become part of the Elevations team and support the vision to strive for audacious excellence!”

Johnston’s extensive experience includes leadership roles at InnovAge and HSBC. She holds a master’s degree in human resources, plus certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).


About Elevations Credit Union

Elevations Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institution serving Colorado’s Front Range. Elevations provides a broad portfolio of financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, home equity loans, student loans, business banking, commercial loans and financial planning. Founded in 1953 as the U of C Federal Credit Union in Boulder, Elevations has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in assets to an institution with more than 130,000 members that manages more than $2 billion in assets and is the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado. In 2014, Elevations earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2015 and 2016, Elevations was named one of the Best Companies to Work for in ColoradoTM in the large company category. Readers of local newspapers name Elevations “Best Bank/Financial Institution,” “Best Mortgage Lender” and “Best Customer Service” year after year. To learn more, visit


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