As president and CEO of the Credit Union National
Association (CUNA), Bill Cheney works in Washington, D.C. and throughout the
country to represent America’s credit unions and their more than 96 million
members. Bill has played an active role in the credit union movement for more
than 25 years, beginning in community-based and employee-based credit unions,
then as a leader in the state association/league system and now as the leader
of the national organization that represents credit unions of all sizes from every
part of the United States.
In addition to his role as president and CEO of CUNA, Bill
serves as president of the National Credit Union Foundation and president of
the Credit Union House in Washington, D.C. He is active on the boards of the
Consumer Federation of America, the National Cooperative Business Association
and the Filene Research Institute.
He has been named a top association CEO by CEO Update and a top lobbyist by The Hill for three consecutive years. Under
his leadership, CUNA has been named one of the best associations in the
nation’s capital in results of a joint survey of policy leaders and major trade
associations conducted by National
Journal and Washington PR firm APCO Worldwide.
Bill became president and CEO of CUNA in 2010, succeeding
former U.S. Rep. Daniel A. Mica as leader of the association. Before joining
CUNA, Bill was president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union
Bill’s credit union experience also includes senior
management positions at Security Service Federal Credit Union in Texas and
Xceed Financial Credit Union (formerly Xerox Employees Federal Credit Union) in
California, where he was president and CEO.
He currently represents the U.S. on the Blue Ribbon
Commission on Co-operative Capital for the International Cooperative Alliance. Previously, Bill was Chair of the
International CEO Roundtable for the World Council of Credit Unions, a member
of the Board of Trustees for the Western CUNA Management School, a board member
of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Treasurer of the American
Association of Credit Union Leagues and a director on the board of the Los
Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Bill earned his BBA at The University of Texas. He completed
the Advanced Leadership Institute at Harvard Business School and the CUES
Director’s Leadership Institute at the London Business School and has been a
guest lecturer at several universities. His views and insights have been
featured by many media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street
Journal, USA Today, CNBC, Fox
Business News, Bloomberg and MarketWatch.
He and his wife, Christine Groves Cheney, live in
Washington, D.C. They have been married
for more than 30 years and have two children, Catherine, a journalist, and
Will, a history teacher.