NEW YORK (8/8/08)--The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions will open a regional office in San Francisco. Rafael O. Morales, public affairs officer for the federation, will relocate from New York City to open the new office. He will to continue to focus on federation communications as a primary duty. However, he also will provide leadership and support to regional initiatives and events, including: working with the California Low Income Credit Union Network; acting as a liaison to the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, state and local government agencies and officials, and working on other special projects as required. “We are extremely pleased to be able to have a physical presence in California where a larger percentage of the federation’s western region members are located,” said Cliff Rosenthal, federation president/CEO. “Rafael has been with federation for five years and is very familiar with the organization and our work. I’m confident that he will be able to hit the ground running to promote new partnerships and initiatives that leverage the capacity of community development credit unions, credit unions in general and other institutions across the [San Francisco] area and statewide,” he continued. The federation’s San Francisco office will be operational in early September. Specific information will be made available on the federation’s website.