Hiway’s Christine Cordell elected to National Credit Union Foundation’s Board of Directors
ST. PAUL, MN (March 5, 2021) —
Hiway Credit Union’s® Christine Cordell was recently elected to the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) Board of Directors. Cordell, Hiway’s Senior Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness, joins four other newly elected members to the 18 member NCUF Board.
The NCUF is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement designed to ignite understanding and focus on member financial well-being, inspire and create opportunities for credit unions to leverage their cooperative values and respond quickly when disaster strikes. The Board of Directors guide the strategic direction of the Foundation in order to meet the needs and better serve the credit union movement. In the last fifteen years, the Foundation has awarded over $36 million worth of grants to help credit unions to better serve their members.
“As a Twin Cities based credit union, and an active participant in our local community, we are positioned to make a lasting impact within the communities we serve,” said Cordell. “Naturally as a not-for-profit, the credit union principles closely align with the priorities of a non-profit, and the work being done within our credit union is closely connected to many of the National Credit Union Foundation’s strategic initiatives.”
Cordell added “Hiway’s mission and core values also closely align with the mission of the foundation. We strive to place the needs of our members at the center of our decisioning process. The National Credit Union Foundation dives deep into the financial well-being of our members; this board seat places us in a position to share the voice of our members and influence the legacy credit unions leave within the communities we serve. “
Cordell, who has been a part of credit unions for over 25 years, has been involved in almost every aspect of what makes credit unions unique and has been an integral part of two founding boards of credit union foundations and started three departments. In addition to her work inside her credit union, Cordell has served on various community focused boards and strives to emanate positive change throughout her community. Cordell is currently the chair of The Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network, a sister society of the World Council of Credit Unions’ Global Women’s Leadership Network and is on the Advisory Board of MNCUN’s Mentorship Program.
This past summer, Cordell was selected as a member of the Filene Research Institute Think Tank, an initiative designed to drive the credit union industry’s research and incubation agenda. In 2017, she was selected to join Filene’s renowned i3 community. The i3 community was founded by the Filene Research Institute in 2004 and brings together leaders in the credit union industry to collaborate and develop solutions to issues that consumer face. For her work in the credit union industry and her impact on her community, Cordell was named as a Top Women in Finance honoree by Finance & Commerce in 2018.
About Hiway Credit Union
Hiway Credit Union was founded in 1931 to serve the employees of the Minnesota Highway Department. Today, Hiway serves an expanded member base, with more than 90,000 members in Minnesota and nationwide, registers $1.8 billion in assets and welcomes new membership from individuals and businesses. Hiway offers its members unparalleled service and value on the road of life through lower loan rates, higher savings rates, and fewer and lower fees. Hiway operates four high school branches at Como, Harding, Highland, and Johnson High Schools in St. Paul. For more information about Hiway, visit hiway.org.
In its early days, the Foundation was focused on international development of credit unions and the credit union movement, as well as scholarships and grants for small credit unions. In 1992, the Foundation was reorganized to better represent a true charitable foundation focused on the needs of consumers and credit unions’ unique ability to meet those needs. Originally called the CUNA Foundation, the Foundation (also known as NCUF) was incorporated in October of 1980.