Direct Federal Credit Union’s Maria Mendez named NAFCU’s 2018 Paul Revere Award recipient

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2018) — The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) recognized Direct Federal Credit Union’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Liaison Maria Mendez with the association’s 2018 Paul Revere Award. The award is presented to the credit union grassroots advocate of the year.

“Maria’s efforts and hard work have helped to give credit unions and their members a strong voice in Washington,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We are proud to honor Maria with the 2018 Paul Revere Award in honor of her commitment to the credit union industry, its members and the communities they serve.”

“It is an honor to be recognized with NAFCU’s Paul Revere Award,” said Maria Mendez, Direct Federal Credit Union’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Liaison.  “I am proud of the work credit unions do to better the financial lives of their members and local communities, and I with the rest of the Direct Team look forward to continuing to advocate on their behalf. Grassroots advocacy is a powerful tool of ambassadorship for the credit union difference.”

The award is only given to an individual of a NAFCU-member credit union and recognizes a credit union supporter who goes to great lengths in their grassroots and political efforts.

Mendez has actively participated and brought the credit union voice to various Congressional Town Hall meetings, political campaigns, district offices of Members of Congress, and Capitol Hill. In the past year alone, Mendez has met with several members of Congress. During those discussions, she ensured they were informed on credit union issues. Additionally, Maria has not only engaged her colleagues at Direct Federal Credit Union, but has also orchestrated a peer-to-peer campaign with other credit unions.

Direct Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Needham, Mass., and was established in 1953.


The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions is the only national trade association focusing exclusively on federal issues affecting the nation’s federally-insured credit unions. NAFCU membership is direct and provides credit unions with the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. For more information on NAFCU, go to or @NAFCU on Twitter.


Molly Safreed, (NAFCU)

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