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America's Credit Unions President and CEO Jim Nussle with "Crashers" at a prior Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
America's Credit Unions President and CEO Jim Nussle with "Crashers" at a prior Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

Four CA and NV Credit Union Leaders Ready to ‘Crash’ the GAC

Filene Research Institute is excited to announce the newest group of elite emerging credit union leaders to participate in The Cooperative Trust’s award-winning Crash program at this year’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. While this year marks the 15th “Crash the GAC” event, it is the first to be hosted by America’s Credit Unions.

This year, four California and Nevada credit union crashers are scheduled to attend! They include:

  • Francisco Camacho, branch manager for Greater Nevada CU.
  • Angela Capoccia, manager of financial risk for SchoolsFirst FCU.
  • Denise Gomez, service manager for Bay FCU.
  • Marisa Howard, senior retail service manager for Kinecta FCU.

The event scheduled to take place March 3 – 7 brings together industry leaders and advocates to discuss critical issues facing the credit union landscape. America’s Credit Unions generously covers the registration costs for 51 Crashers to attend the nation’s largest credit union event, presenting a tremendous opportunity for these young professionals to attend. The Cooperative Trust is thrilled to bring along seven additional Crashers who were sponsored by their credit unions.

The 2024 Crash the GAC delegation comprises 58 talented credit union professionals from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the credit union movement. These emerging leaders have played pivotal roles within their credit unions and have shown a commitment to advancing the values and principles that define the industry.

“Congratulations to this year’s class of GAC Crashers! We’re excited to welcome this engaged group of young credit union professionals to strengthen our industry’s representation in Washington as we come together for the first time as America’s Credit Unions,” said America’s Credit Unions President and CEO Jim Nussle. “Attendees will have plenty to experience at this premiere advocacy event, from expert analysis on economic trends and regulatory impacts to hiking to Capitol Hill and speaking directly with lawmakers on the issues credit unions and their members care about. We welcome all to unforgettable networking opportunities and empowering advocacy efforts that will position them for future success.”

Highlights and Testimonials from 2023 Crash the GAC:

“Each year we welcome a unique group of talented and passionate credit union super stars,” said Filene’s Community Development Director, Cortney Arnold. “Crashers go on to make real impact in the credit union system and our incoming cohort of amazing folks will be sure to dazzle with their collective power and expertise. This Crasher class is one to watch!”

Crash the GAC is brought to you by The Cooperative Trust from Filene Research Institute and is made possible by the generous support of America’s Credit Unions, and with help from League partners.

About Filene: Filene Research Institute strengthens organizations through innovative research and incubation to improve consumer financial well-being. As an independent cooperative finance think tank, Filene’s membership network connects a community of leaders and bright minds to change lives through innovation, truth and cooperation. In addition to delivering cutting-edge, actionable academic research, Filene also provides incubators to test and scale solutions, events to spark organizations into action and advisory services to help accelerate and implement innovation. For more information, visit and @fileneresearch.

About the Cooperative Trust: The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by America’s Credit Unions. The Cooperative Trust won the Herb Wegner Award for Outstanding Program in 2017. To learn more, visit

About America’s Credit Unions: America’s Credit Unions is the united voice for not-for-profit credit unions and their nearly 140 million members nationwide. America’s Credit Unions provides strong advocacy, resources and services to protect, empower and advance credit unions and the people and communities they serve. For more information about America’s Credit Union, visit


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