Sara DePauw hired as SVP Lending for Northwest Federal Credit Union

HERNDON, VA (January 7, 2022)Northwest Federal Credit Union announces the hiring of Sara DePauw as Senior Vice President of Lending. DePauw replaces Erin Krause, who was promoted to Chief Member Experience Officer earlier this year.

DePauw will be responsible for loan operations and oversight of the consumer, commercial and mortgage loan portfolio, as well as the development and implementation of lending products, policies and procedures.

“Sara joins Northwest with impressive experience in strategic planning, asset/liability management, and leadership, which will be invaluable to our organization,” said President and CEO of Northwest Federal, Jeff Bentley. “We are excited for her to bring her talent and perspective to Northwest’s Executive Team.”

DePauw was most recently SVP/Chief Lending Officer at Achieva Credit Union in Dunedin, Florida. In her 25+-year career in lending management, DePauw has been known for her ability to streamline processes, exceed loan growth goals, and lead teams through bank acquisitions and complex system conversions.

“Northwest has long been known as a driving force in the credit union lending industry, and I am excited to join such a dynamic team of professionals,” said DePauw. “I know that my experience and commitment will help Northwest grow its lending program in a sustainable way for the benefit of its membership.”

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About Northwest Federal Credit Union

Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 60 credit unions in the nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., the Northwest Why statement is to serve and inspire to transform lives. The Credit Union currently serves more than 280,000 members and has assets in excess of $4 billion. For more information, visit or connect with us on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.


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