NAFCU names Jacqueline Ortiz Ramsay VP, media relations and communications
Chief Economist Curt Long promoted to vice president of research
WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2017) — The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions(NAFCU) has named Jacqueline Ortiz Ramsay vice president of media relations and communications, effective immediately. NAFCU has also promoted association Chief Economist Curt Long to vice president of research.
“Jacqueline brings considerable media experience to NAFCU, and we are excited to incorporate new ideas for expanding our communications strategy,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Her political, campaign and Hill experience, coupled with her knowledge of issues critical to the financial services industry, will help elevate our mission and strengthen NAFCU’s presence as a leader for the credit union industry before Congress, regulators and the general public.”
As vice president, Ramsay will oversee NAFCU’s media relations and communications division and help drive the organization’s political communications and messaging strategy.
Prior to joining NAFCU, she served as spokeswoman for the Consumer Bankers Association and communications director for Rep. Tony Cárdenas (Calif.). Before her work on Capitol Hill, Ramsay served as vice president of communications for Huntington Bank’s retail and business banking department in Columbus, Ohio, where she developed integrated communications plans for the bank’s branches, credit and debit card products, deposit checking account products, mobile and digital apps, and its distribution and brand strategy. Ramsay also gained experience serving on both Obama-Biden presidential campaigns, including as press secretary for southeast and southwest Florida in 2012 and as a political appointee at the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs.
Ramsay graduated from the Florida State University and holds a master’s in mass media communications and a bachelor’s in creative writing.
Curt Long first joined NAFCU in 2010 and earned a series of promotions that culminated in his appointment in August 2014 as chief economist and director of research.
“Curt has demonstrated an incredible commitment to NAFCU and its members by providing extensive economic research that informs credit unions and their audiences about the impacts of federal policy,” said Berger. “With the creation of NAFCU’s new Credit Union Sentiment Index, Curt continues to be instrumental in strengthening and leading our economic insight and agenda.”
Long guides the production of a number of NAFCU’s member publications – including the quarterly CU Performance Benchmark Report and the monthly Economic & CU Monitor – and its numerous economic forecasts and surveys. In addition, he presents on economic topics at NAFCU events and conferences.
He launched the Credit Union Sentiment Index this summer to provide a monthly reading on credit unions’ views about growth, loan conditions and regulatory burden.
Long holds a master’s in economics from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s in accounting from Texas Christian University. Prior to joining NAFCU, Long practiced his financial skills for a real estate development company in Irving, Texas.
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 www.nafcu.org or @NAFCU on Twitter.