Richard Gose is the senior vice president of political affairs in the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Washington, D.C. office. CUNA's Washington location provides political, legislative, regulatory, legal, public relations, public affairs, state government affairs, and other services for state leagues and credit unions.
Gose has worked as a political affairs and trade association professional for 20 years. He combined campaign politics, grassroots activation, an understanding of the legislative process, and various forms of communication to advance the political operations for three major trade associations, including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the American Insurance Association (AIA), and CUNA.
At CUNA, Gose leverages the partnership with state leagues to develop a number of programs and services to help credit unions and their members improve their legislative and political standing by using their political muscle. Among the innovations, Gose pioneered "Hike the Hill," a program which brings more than 1,000 credit union representatives to Washington, D.C., each year to meet with members of Congress and keep their issues at the forefront of congressional consideration.
Other credit union initiatives under Gose include: Project Zip Code, which has identified 65 million credit union members in state and federal legislative districts; Project Differentiation, an advocacy tool that helps credit unions better explain their operations to lawmakers; improving the effectiveness of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), which serves as the $3 million political action committee for credit unions; and other political involvement activities such as Get Out the Vote, national party convention activities, and campaign schools.
Before joining CUNA in 1998, Gose was political director for the AIA, where he established lobbying strategies, developed state and national
coalitions, and designed comprehensive grassroots mobilization programs. He also worked on a number of national grassroots efforts including
workers' compensation reform, superfund reform, and financial modernization.
His career also includes seven years with the NAHB, where he served as political field director, directing state and local ballot issue campaigns, and statewide grassroots efforts. During that time, he assisted more than 100 homebuilder-supported candidates in their campaigns for state and local office. While at NAHB, Gose also served on the Builders for Bush fundraising effort and 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.