RICHARD GOSE, Chief Political Officer
Richard Gose is the chief political officer for the Credit Union National Association.
He has worked as a political affairs and trade association professional for nearly 30 years. His skills in campaign politics, grassroots activation, the legislative process and communication have helped CUNA win advocacy battles on a variety of fronts.
Gose leverages strong partnerships with state credit union leagues to develop programs and services that help credit unions and their members advance their legislative and political standing. Gose pioneered CUNA’s Member Activation Program (MAP) which helps credit unions connect with their members on issues, encouraging consumers to be involved in grassroots action and "Hike the Hill," the association’s program that brings more than 5,000 credit union advocates to Washington, D.C., each year to meet with members of Congress – keeping credit union issues at the forefront of Congress’ attention.
Other credit union initiatives under his leadership include: Project Zip Code, which has identified the more than 100 million credit union members in their state and federal legislative districts; Project Differentiation, an advocacy tool that helps credit unions better explain their operations to lawmakers; ramping up the power of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), a the $4.3 million political action committee for credit unions; and other political involvement activities.
Before joining CUNA in 1998, Gose was political director for the American Insurance Association, where he established lobbying strategies, developed state and national coalitions, and designed comprehensive grassroots mobilization programs.
His career also includes seven years with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where he served as political field director, directing state and local ballot issue campaigns, and statewide grassroots efforts. While at NAHB, Gose also served on the Builders for Bush fundraising effort and the 1988 Bush-Quayle Inaugural.
Gose holds a bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Jackie, have four children. They spend time playing and coaching sports and updating their 19th century farmhouse in Vienna, Virginia.