Record-Breaking 100 Young Professionals 'Crash the GAC,' Take Part in CU Advocacy Efforts in Nation’s Capital

CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle welcomed a record-breaking class of “crashers” Sunday at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), including our New Jersey representative Amanda Meeker from Jersey Shore FCU. Meeker is sharing photos in the NJ CU Emerging Leaders Facebook group and will be sharing her experience in an upcoming blog post.


Crashers are young credit union professionals who attend the CUNA GAC with a complimentary registration sponsored by The Cooperative Trust and Filene Research Institute. The program is made possible with the support of CUNA and help from credit union leagues and associations.

This year’s 100 Crashers are the biggest class to date, marking the 10th year of the program.

“We’re excited to welcome a record-breaking class of Crashers to the GAC, as our young professionals are one of the most important priorities in the credit union movement,” Nussle says. “They are the future of the movement, and there’s no bones about it. They’ll be the board members, the CEOs, the leaders of the credit union movement who will ensure it stays strong and vital. This is a generation that’s going to find new ways to serve communities we’ve never dreamed of.”

The Crashers got a brief preview of topics Nussle will discuss during his keynote address Monday. The CUNA president/CEO also answered questions ranging from what his typical day looks like to how young professionals can make an impact in their fields while learning from others’ experiences.

Throughout the conference, the Crashers will attend regular sessions in addition to networking and other events.

Crashers will document their experience on social media using the hashtag #CrashTheGAC19.