CUNA Announces Promotions, New Addition to Advocacy Team

The credit union trade group has revealed two internal promotions as well as a new addition to its advocacy team. Learn more.

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May 11



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Credit union trade group reveals new roles and new hire.

CUNA this week announced two promotions and one addition to its advocacy team.

Abby Gunderson-Schwarz now will serve as deputy chief advocacy officer for congressional affairs. At the same time, Alexander Monterrubio will now serve as deputy chief advocacy officer for regulatory affairs.

The credit union group also announced that David Park has been hired to serve as senior director of advocacy and counsel focusing on housing issues.



Gunderson-Schwarz joined CUNA in February 2021 as senior director of advocacy focusing on Republican House members.

“Abby has demonstrated her strong leadership, strategic thinking and responsiveness to legislative challenges during her time at CUNA. This is a well-deserved role for her,” said Jason Stverak, the organization’s deputy chief advocacy officer for federal government affairs.

Prior to joining CUNA, Gunderson-Schwarz worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), serving as the deputy assistant secretary for congressional relations.


Monterrubio joined CUNA in July 2018 as senior director of advocacy and counsel, and has focused on issues related to consumer protection laws and regulations.

“Alex has a strong regulatory and legal acumen that helps us navigate the significant regulatory changes and challenges we face, while always keeping a strong focus on the impact to credit unions and the members we serve. We appreciate his impact to the team,” Stverak said.

Before joining CUNA, Monterrubio served as NAFCU’s director of regulatory affairs.

New Addition

Prior to joining CUNA, Park was a senior policy and compliance officer at Navy Federal Credit Union.

He holds a law degree from the University of Texas along with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

“David brings a wealth of experience and strengthens our best-in-class regulatory advocacy for credit unions. We are excited for him to hit the ground running,” said Monterrubio.

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