ALEXANDRIA, Va. (2/9/11)--Leaving 14 years of Capitol Hill experience, much of it dealing with credit union issues, Todd Harper
will become the new director of Public and Congressional Affairs (PACA) at the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) on Feb. 14. Harper was a long-time senior aide to former Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), as well as staff director for the House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets, insurance and government-sponsored enterprises. In addition to assuming the responsibilities of PACA director, Harper also will serve as chief policy advisor to the NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz. He replaces outgoing PACA Director John McKechnie, who will leave NCUA in early March to pursue a private sector opportunity. "I am very pleased that Todd is joining our team," Matz said when announcing his appointment Monday. "His knowledge, experience and demonstrated capabilities as a legislative practitioner are well established and have placed him in the front-rank of Washington policy professionals. I am confident that Todd Harper will be of immediate benefit to NCUA; he knows and understands credit unions, and he knows and understands the issues that affect them." Credit Union National Association Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs John Magill noted that Harper, like Kanjorski, has been a long-time friend of the credit union movement. Magill added that Harper is “well connected” on the Hill, with ample knowledge of both credit union issues and the inner workings of Congress. Kanjorski sponsored and promoted numerous pieces of pro-credit union legislation during his time in Congress. The longtime congressman, who was defeated in a general election last year, most recently introduced H.R. 3380, a bi-partisan bill that proposed increasing the credit union member business lending cap.