CUNA and Chief Advocacy Officer Part Ways After Less Than Two Months

The credit union trade group and its chief advocacy offer Robert Lewis have parted ways for reasons that are still unclear. Learn more.

David Baumann


Feb 6



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Robert Lewis was appointed to position in December and few details are known about his departure from the credit union trade group.

After less than two months on the job, CUNA and its Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer, Robert Lewis, have “parted ways,” an association official confirmed Saturday.

CUNA did not provide a reason for the quick departure and President/CEO Jim Nussle informed state league officials in a message that provided few details.

“Robert Lewis is no longer employed by CUNA,” Nussle said in the message, according to a person who received it. “Out of respect for the privacy involved and due to the sensitivity of the matter, we will not be sharing details, but ask you to trust that all implications were considered and fully vetted at the highest level of our organization.”

Background and Context

The departure was announced just days after Nussle, Lewis, and CUNA Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Federal Government Affairs Jason Stverak met with NCUA Chairman Todd Harper.

The move also comes at a crucial time for CUNA as the trade group’s annual Governmental Affairs Conference is scheduled in Washington for later this month.

Lewis was appointed to his position in December. At the time, CUNA said that he was president and CEO of the Van Aucker Group, a government relations firm, and noted further that he had more than 20 years of legislative experience in financial affairs.

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