Minnesota league Vice President named Top Woman in Finance

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kristina Wright, Vice President – Association Services for the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN), was named as a Finance & Commerce 2011 Top Women in Finance honoree. This program recognizes the efforts of women who are making notable contributions to their professions and communities.

This year’s winners are made up of four CEOs, six partners and shareholders, several presidents and senior vice presidents and a few business owners from a variety of industries. Winners were evaluated on their professional and community accomplishments.

“Kristina is a forward-thinking and effective leader. She exemplifies all the characteristics of a successful modern executive,” said MnCUN Board Chairman Kyle Markland, President/CEO of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union.

In her career with MnCUN that spans decades, Wright has led numerous initiatives in the Minnesota credit union movement. She was hired as a Communications Specialist and rapidly advanced to Vice President – Communications. Today, Wright serves as the Vice President – Association Services and oversees and manages MnCUN’s entire dues-supported operations. Through her leadership, she has transitioned MnCUN’s communications efforts from an internal focus to a public relations focus and led an effort to overhaul the organization’s website. 

Outside of MnCUN, Wright has also shown remarkable leadership on a variety of committees and boards, both inside and outside of the credit union industry. For a majority of her career, Wright was the lead staff liaison to five committees comprised of senior-level credit union staff and volunteers. Also, through a five-year stint on the Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, including two years as Vice President, she established herself as a strong advocate and key player in the financial education arena. This group brings together individuals and organizations to improve the personal financial literacy of Minnesota’s youth.

Wright’s other accomplishments include serving as the staff liaison for MnCUN’s international partnership with a credit union association in Paraguay, coordinating informational exchanges, visits and internships with individuals from both countries. Additionally, she established a networking group for young professionals and created a vendor advertising program for companies working with Minnesota credit unions.

“Through her years of service to the credit union movement, Kristina has distinguished herself as an extraordinary employee and passionate credit union representative,” said Mark D. Cummins, MnCUN President & CEO. “She is an astute, business savvy individual whose insight, expertise and experience have helped to shape the Minnesota Credit Union Network into the organization it is today. This in an honor well-deserved, and I offer Kristina my congratulations.”

Wright, along with the other 2011 Top Women in Finance honorees, will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 10.


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the state’s 147 not-for-profit cooperative credit unions serving more than 1.5 million member-owners in Minnesota.For more information, visit


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