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Donovan Named CUNA’s SVP of Legislative Affairs

Well-known advocate will manage department for CUNA.

August 31, 2011
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CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney announced the promotion of Ryan Donovan to senior vice president, legislative affairs, effective Sept. 1.

Donovan, who joined CUNA in September 2007, previously was the association’s vice president of legislative affairs. In his new position, Donovan will lead CUNA’s on-the-ground lobbying team and manage CUNA’s legislative affairs department.

“Ryan is an outstanding lobbyist and advocate for credit unions, well known and highly regarded on Capitol Hill,” said Cheney. “CUNA continues to benefit enormously from his experience, energy and insight.”

Before joining CUNA, Donovan was director of federal government affairs for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, establishing the league’s office in Washington.

On Capitol Hill, Donovan has worked for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), handling his financial services committee issues before becoming legislative director and then chief of staff. Donovan first came to Washington to work for former House leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO).

Donovan’s promotion comes after Cheney announced he was expanding the Washington office roles of John Magill, the new executive vice president of government affairs/special assistant to the president, and Susan Newton, who became executive vice president of system relations.

Magill and Newton also assume their new duties Sept. 1.

Donovan will report to Magill, who also took note of his accomplishments and abilities.

“Ryan has been deeply involved and has had a major impact on virtually every legislative issue we’ve taken on, and we have been in some very tough battles,” Magill said. “Credit unions are in a better position as a direct result of his tireless efforts and legislative skill.”

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