Larry Blanchard, CUDE
“REAL Solutions is a unique collaboration with a proven track record of helping credit unions serve low-wealth households with tested and break-through savings and lending solutions. From start-up savings programs to innovative loan programs for members with scant credit histories, REAL Solutions enables credit unions to tailor programs to their own credit union’s members.”
Larry Blanchard is senior vice president and Washington representative of CUNA Mutual. He is responsible for federal legislative and regulatory representation, as well as national financial services industry and credit union system relations. In these roles, Blanchard is chairman of the credit union system’s UBIT Steering Committee, and CUNA Mutual’s leader on data security legislation. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions® program.
Blanchard began his credit union career in Virginia with the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Employees’ Credit Union. He subsequently held senior management positions with McDonnell Douglas-West Federal Credit Union and Cameron Station Federal Credit Union, where he was CEO. After working in credit union management and board positions, he brought his credit union operational expertise to Washington where he served as a senior staff member with CUNA & Affiliates, NAFCU and the National Credit Union Administration, before joining CUNA Mutual’s leadership team.
He led the credit union movement-wide Credit Union Campaign for Consumer Choice, which he directed from its inception through the Supreme Court hearing and to the successful enactment of H.R. 1151. He served the Credit Union Campaign as national coordinator, and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Blanchard serves on the executive committee of the National Cooperative Business Association, and the board of directors of the National Credit Union Foundation and the Consumer Federation of America.