Chief Advocacy Officer
Credit Union National Association
As Chief Advocacy Officer at the Credit Union National Association, Ryan Donovan is responsible for the development and implementation of the Credit Union National Association’s legislative, regulatory and state government advocacy efforts. In recent years these efforts have proven successful in reducing credit unions’ regulatory burden and protecting them from legislative proposals which would make it more difficult for them to serve their members.
Ryan joined the Credit Union National Association as Vice President – Legislative Affairs in September 2007, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2011 and to Chief Advocacy Officer in January 2015. Prior to joining CUNA, Ryan worked for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as Director of Federal Government Affairs. He also served as a member of the Congressional staffs of Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) and former House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO).
Ryan holds a Master in Government degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Truman State University. A native of Missouri, Ryan is a passionate fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He and his wife, Kristi, live in Fairfax, Virginia, with their daughters Paige and Juliet.
Bank Credit News
NCBA Urges Committee Members to Support Credit Union Tax Exemption
Senators were required to submit tax reform proposals before the July 26 deadline, but Ryan Donovan, the vice president of legislative affairs at the Credit Union National Association, said that legislators “will be talking to each other over the summer.”
Tax Lobbyists Work to Get on ‘The List’
“It changes the question that we have to answer,” said Ryan Donovan, a lobbyist for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), which wants to preserve the tax-exempt status for credit unions. Credit unions used simply to have to show their tax exemption was proving useful, he said. Now they have to explain why it needs to exist at all.