MADISON, Wis. (2/2/09)--Pete Crear, president/CEO of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), has been named chair of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC). He has served on the OCDC board since 2005.
Crear's one-year term as chair of OCDC, an association dedicated to applying cooperative techniques to help disadvantaged people in developing countries, began this month. “The goals of OCDC align perfectly with those of World Council in terms of helping the poor in developing countries,” Crear said. “My goal as chairman is to contine expanding those influences in ways meaningful to the goals and objectives of both OCDC and World Council.” OCDC is made up of eight member organizations, all of which have served as international development partners with the U.S. government. OCDC members, of which WOCCU is the only credit union movement representative, currently have multi-year projects in progress in more than 70 countries worldwide. “With a new administration taking office and Congress planning to reauthorize the legislation that guides U.S. policy on foreign assistance, this is a critical time for cooperatives and credit unions to create opportunities for increased emphasis on achieving economic growth through member-owned businesses,” said Rob Nooter, OCDC executive director.