The Research & Policy Analysis team focuses on research and data analytics to support CUNA's advocacy efforts. Their wide variety of backgrounds and expertise are leveraged to provide you with insights on the ever-changing economic environment and its impact on credit unions and their members.
Mike Schenk Mike Schenk
Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist
Mike Schenk has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 1992 he joined the Credit Union National Association (CUNA)—the largest and most influential national trade association advocating for America's credit unions. There are nearly 5,500 credit unions nationwide, with more than 120 million memberships and nearly $1.5 trillion in assets
Mike currently is Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist for CUNA and conducts economic research and supports CUNA's public relations and advocacy efforts. His analyses regularly appear in trade publications such as Credit Union Magazine. He also is a frequent contributor to the financial media.
Schenk serves on the board of Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wisconsin—a $3 billion financial cooperative with over 160,000 members. He serves as Board Chair and also has chaired the credit union's Asset-Liability Management and Risk Management/Internal Audit Committees.
Dawit Kebede Dawit Kebede
Dawit has more than eight years of research experience in academic, not-for-profit, and private industry. His previous research areas cover topics on trade, employment, consumer finance and policy evaluation using statistics and economic models as a tool.
Dawit worked for CUNA Mutual Group as the primary analyst for the Investor Guidance Center and Consumer Sales Channel of the TruStage Insurance businesses before joining CUNA. Prior to that, he worked as a project coordinator of experimental research that compared the effectiveness of micro-finance and low-wage factory jobs on the overall wellbeing of individuals. He also has teaching experience at universities in Ethiopia and USA.
Dawit earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, majoring in Development Economics. He also has Master’s degrees from UW–Madison (Agriculture and Applied Economics) and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Development Economics). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management from Alemaya University in Ethiopia.
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