CUNA Hires Veteran Lobbyist Robert Lewis as Chief Advocacy Officer

Credit union advocacy group CUNA has announced the hiring of Robert Lewis as its new executive vice president and chief advocacy officer. Learn more.

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Dec 21



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Credit union advocacy group announces hiring of new official with extensive resume in both politics and finance.

CUNA has hired Robert Lewis as its new executive vice president and chief advocacy officer.

Lewis is the founder, president and CEO of the Van Aucker Group, a government relations firm. He has more than 20 years of legislative experience in financial services.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Robert to the CUNA-League system, his impressive background in financial services and track record of getting things done in Washington, D.C., will be a great benefit to credit unions and their 130 million members,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said.

“I’m excited and humbled to lead a top-notch advocacy organization like the CUNA-League system and look forward to hitting the ground running to advance policies to help credit unions do even more on behalf of their members,” Lewis added.

Background in Politics and Finance

Lewis has been with the Van Aucker Group since 2018. He previously worked with the Financial Services Institute, House Judiciary Committee, Financial Executives International, and the office of Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga.

He also served as the vice president of financial services at the American Council of Life Insurers.

While at the Financial Services Institute, Lewis managed an annual Political Action Committee budget of more than $300,000.

At the Van Aucker Group, his clients have included the New York Center for Foreign Policy Affairs and the Republic of Turkey, according to the lobbyist database maintained by the Senate.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Lewis holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Morehouse College and a law degree from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law.

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