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.