As CEO/President of Coopera Consulting, Miriam promotes Coopera's approach to serving Hispanics throughout the credit union industry. This comprehensive approach has helped credit unions and credit union industry organizations position themselves for long-term growth by serving Hispanics. The idea of a "double bottom line," where sustainable growth strategies are synonymous with social value is central to Coopera's mission of partnering with people, businesses, and communities. Miriam has significant experience working in the financial services industry, having worked with State Farm Insurance Companies and John Deere Credit. Miriam is a member of the national Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals and the World Council of Credit Union's Global Women's Leadership Network. She serves on the board of directors for various local non-profit organizations, including the Iowa International Center, Hispanic Educational Resources and Latinas para Un Nuevo Amanecer. Miriam also serves on the Leadership Committee of the Des Moines New Leaders Council, the Latino Forum of the Urban Core Financial Services Task Force and is a past board member of Des Moines's ALIANZA Latino Business Association. She is a 2010-2011 Leadership Iowa class graduate and a Des Moines New Leaders Council fellow. Miriam also teaches English as a Second Language classes to first generation immigrants as an Adjunct Professor for Des Moines Area Community College. She graduated with honors from Iowa State University and resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Cathie Mahon is President and CEO of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Cathie, a national leader in consumer development finance, launched and led the nation's first municipal office dedicated to financial empowerment as the Deputy Commissioner for Financial Empowerment in the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Prior to her work with the City of New York, she founded and led the Asset Funders Network to promote asset-building programs and policies among the leading financial stakeholders in the sector. Cathie also served as a researcher with the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities program, where she published studies on Individual Development Accounts and other asset building programs and models.
Cathie has extensive experience with community development credit unions, beginning as a Research Associate with Self-Help Credit Union in North Carolina, serving as the Federation's Director of Policy and Program Development, and later as a consultant working on credit union strategic plans, business strategies and resource development. She has served on the boards of two CDCUs, as Treasurer of Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union and Board President of Transfiguration Parish Federal Credit Union. She also has served on the Community Affairs Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, represented New York City with the Cities for Financial Empowerment; and served as President and Board Chair of People's Center for Economic Independence.
Deyanira Del Río
Deyanira, associate director for NEDAP, has worked for economic justice in immigrant and low income communities since 1997. She leads the NYC Immigrant Financial Justice Network, provides training and strategic support to community groups and community development financial institutions, and recently designed a model revolving loan fund for DREAMers applying for Deferred Action. Deyanira is the board chair of the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union, and also serves on the boards of directors of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions and New Immigrant Community Empowerment. She is the recipient of the 2005 Revson Fellowship on the Future of the City of New York; 2007 Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program fellowship; 2009 Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Women) award from El Diario/La Prensa; and 2012 Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Thought Leader Fellowship from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.
Alejandra is the marketing manager for Guadalupe Credit Union. She has worked with immigrant members since 2005, starting doing loans and mortgages before being promoted to branch manager, business development director and marketing manager. Alejandra has worked on enhancing and tweaking serving immigrant members' accounts, loan policies and procedures and has also worked with immigrants on the legislative area. She is the chair of the City of Santa Fe Immigration Committee, has presented on ITIN lending at the 'Serving the Underserved Conference in 2010' and is a certified translator. She translated the Guadalupe Credit Union website and materials into Spanish, including all financial literacy presentations and products and services flyers and brochures.