Jim Nussle

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Jim Nussle

JIM NUSSLE, President and Chief Executive Officer
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Jim Nussle is president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the largest and most influential national financial services trade association in the country advocating on behalf of over 6,000 credit unions and 105 million credit union members.

Since his appointment in September 2014, Nussle has worked to position credit unions as America's best financial partner. By streamlining the association's structure and operations, Nussle has shaped CUNA into a lean, strategic and results-driven organization recognizing that credit unions demand value of membership and advocacy results. Under Nussle's leadership, CUNA, the credit union state leagues and the credit union movement have secured a number of victories including the long-term highway funding bill of 2015 being signed into law by President Obama which contained key regulatory relief provisions for credit unions.

Nussle is regularly featured in the media and speaks around the country at various stakeholder conferences and meetings. Nussle has appeared and has had various opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN Money, Roll Call and The Hill advocating for credit union relief from regulatory burden, maintaining the tax status, data breaches, and the strength and purpose of credit unions in America. Nussle has also appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Marketplace Radio. Nussle has been named one of The Hill's “Top Lobbyists” every year since joining CUNA.

A native Iowan, Nussle served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-2007.  During his tenure representing the people of Iowa he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, a key panel that oversees the federal budget process, including review of all bills and resolutions on the budget. In addition he was a member of the House leadership and served on Banking and Ways and Means Committees.

Nussle was appointed in 2007 by President Bush as the 36thdirector of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. As OMB director, Nussle was a member of President Bush's Cabinet.

Prior to CUNA, Nussle served on the founding board of Growth Energy as president and CEO, a trade association of renewable energy companies and industry partners.

In his early career, Nussle served his community for four years as a first responder and firefighter with the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department. He also spent four years as the Delaware County Attorney, the chief prosecutor and civil attorney for the jurisdiction and established his own law practice.

Nussle received a degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and a law degree from Drake University in Des Moines. Nussle enjoys volunteering as director of The National Down Syndrome Society and president of the Epiphany Lutheran Church Congregational Council. Nussle and his wife, Karen live in Virginia, with their dog Sonny, and have two adult children. 

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