Mary Mitchell Dunn is senior vice president and deputy general counsel of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Located in CUNA's Washington, DC office, Mary leads the association’s Regulatory Advocacy team and efforts, working closely with a number of other CUNA key staff. CUNA is the largest credit union advocacy organization, representing the interests of state and federal credit unions which serve over 99 million consumers and small businesses across the country.
While Mary’s responsibilities are wide-ranging, she and her team focus on representing credit unions’ interests before all federal agencies that affect credit unions including the National Credit Union Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board, the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies as well as the White House. She and her team work closely with other key CUNA staff and provide a variety of informative publications and communications, such as the weekly CUNA Regulatory Advocacy Report, to ensure members are fully current on significant regulatory issues. Under Mary’s direction, CUNA’s Regulatory Advocacy team prepares CUNA’s comment letters to federal agencies on all pending proposals CUNA identifies as important for credit unions.
Prior to becoming Deputy General Counsel in 2008, Mary was Associate General Counsel, Regulatory Advocacy. She joined CUNA in 1987, serving on the staff of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions before moving to CUNA. She was on the staff of the U.S. League of Savings Institutions prior to working for NAFCU.
Mary has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and English from the University of Arkansas, a master's degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and her law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
The Wall Street Journal
Q&A: Mary Dunn, Credit Union National Association
Credit unions, like all financial institutions, have come under increased regulatory scrutiny in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Mary Dunn, deputy general counsel for the Credit Union National Association, talks to Risk & Compliance Journal about the growing number of regulations governing credit unions, and what impact they are having on operations and consumers.
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The Morning Risk Report: Small Banks Not Yet Out of the Woods
Mary Mitchell Dunn, senior vice president and deputy general counsel of the Credit Union National Association, said her organization, while not directly affected by Basel III, is concerned that the capital reforms put in place allow for flexibility for credit unions and community banks. “We are hearing from the community banks and others that they don’t think Basel III is doing that for them,” she said. “They’re concerned that money that might go into loans or other activities is going to be in capital.”