Bill Cheney is president and CEO of Credit Union National Association (CUNA). He has broad experience within the credit union movement, having begun his career during 1987 in Texas (his home state) with Security Service FCU in San Antonio (today holding more than $5 billion in assets and 600,000 members).
Ten years later (in 1997), after achieving the position of executive vice president, Cheney was named president and CEO of Xerox FCU (today known as Xceed FCU) in El Segundo, Calif. During nine years at the helm of the credit union, Cheney guided the credit union's growth to more than $800 million in assets (from $350 million), growing the credit union's membership to include operations in nine states, including California, New York, Florida, Texas and Illinois.
Also while at XFCU, Cheney was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), a national trade group representing the interests of only federally chartered credit unions.
In 2006. the California/Nevada Credit Union Leagues tapped Cheney as their president and CEO. While overseeing the combined organizations' operations, Cheney is credited with building the Leagues' affiliation while improving their operational efficiencies.
Additionally, he has served as Treasurer of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL), Chairman of the CUNA World Leadership Development Committee, member of the board of trustees of the Western CUNA Management School, member of the board of directors of the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, and joined World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) delegations to Mexico, Poland, China, and Haiti.
John Magill is the executive vice president of government affairs & special assistant to the President in the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Washington, D.C., office. CUNA's Washington office provides political, legislative, regulatory, legal, public relations, public affairs, and other services for state leagues and credit unions.
In his current capacity, he assumes a full range of lobbying duties, including the coordination and supervision of the activities of CUNA's legislative and political teams, representing the interests of the credit union movement before both houses of Congress.
A prominent and accomplished congressional staff administrator, Magill has nearly 30 years' experience on the Hill, the past 19 of those working for Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Chairman of the Trade Subcommission. Magill was most recently chief of staff for Rep. Herger.
He also served as an administrative assistant to retired Rep. G. William Whitehurst (R-Va.) and as senior staff assistant/counsel to the late Rep. J. Kenneth Robinson (R-Va.).
On Capitol Hill, Magill has been involved in a number of organizations and groups related to congressional operations. He is a vice president and member of the board of directors of the Capitol Hill Club, established for members of the Republican Party; former president of the association of current and former congressional chiefs of staff; and a former treasurer and president of the Hill Investment Club, a Republican social organization.
Magill is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and holds a J.D. from Tennessee. He is married to Susan Aheron Magill, who in January 2006 retired as chief of staff to Sen. John Warner, (R-Va.), after 24 years of service. She now holds a senior executive position in government affairs at Mount Vernon estate. They have two grown children.
Ryan Donovan joined the Credit Union National Association as vice president - legislative affairs in September 2007, and was promoted to senior vice president in September 2011.
Combining his experiences as a Congressional Staff Member and credit union league employee, Donovan is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the activities of CUNA's lobbying team which represents the interests of the credit union movement before both houses of Congress. He was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive lobbying strategy that resulted in significant improvements to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act, mitigating the adverse impact of the most burdensome provisions of the bill on credit unions.
Prior to joining CUNA, Donovan worked for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as Director of Federal Government Affairs. He also served as a member of the Congressional staffs of Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) and former House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO).
During his tenure in Representative Sherman's office, Donovan quickly rose through the ranks from Legislative Assistant to become Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. Donovan staffed Representative Sherman on the House Financial Services Committee and worked on the legislation that moved through the committee during his tenure and managed the day-to-day operation of the Washington Congressional office.
A Missouri native and an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Donovan first came to Washington to work for former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri in 1997.
Donovan holds a Master in Government degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Truman State University. He and his wife, Kristi, live in Burke, Virginia, with their daughters Paige and Juliet.
Richard Gose is the senior vice president of political affairs in the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Washington, D.C. offices. CUNA's Washington office provides political, legislative, regulatory, legal, public relations, public affairs, state government affairs, and other services for state leagues and credit unions.
Gose has worked as a political affairs and trade association professional for 20 years. He combined campaign politics, grassroots activation, an understanding of the legislative process, and various forms of communication to advance the political operations for three major trade associations, including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the American Insurance Association (AIA), and CUNA.
At CUNA, Gose leverages the partnership with state leagues to develop a number of programs and services to help credit unions and their members improve their legislative and political standing by using their political muscle. Among the innovations, Gose pioneered "Hike the Hill," a program which brings more than 1,000 credit union representatives to Washington, D.C., each year to meet with members of Congress and keep their issues at the forefront of congressional consideration.
Other credit union initiatives under Gose include: Project Zip Code, which has identified 65 million credit union members in state and federal legislative districts; Project Differentiation, an advocacy tool that helps credit unions better explain their operations to lawmakers; improving the effectiveness of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), which serves as the $3 million political action committee for credit unions; and other political involvement activities such as Get Out the Vote, national party convention activities, and campaign schools.
Before joining CUNA in 1998, Gose was political director for the AIA, where he established lobbying strategies, developed state and national coalitions, and designed comprehensive grassroots mobilization programs. He also worked on a number of national grassroots efforts including workers' compensation reform, superfund reform, and financial modernization.