Anne Cochran, 1st vice chair of World Council of Credit Unions' board of directors, represents the U.S. credit union movement as president/CEO of the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL). Headquartered in Madison, Wis., USA, World Council is the leading international trade association and development agency for credit unions. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 103 countries serve 208,000,000 people. The regional and national credit union and financial cooperative associations affiliated with World Council represent 55 countries around the globe.
As LCUL president/CEO, Cochran, a native of Dublin, Ireland, turned an insolvent association into a prospering, financially sound organization. Under her leadership, 26 credit unions united and invested more than US$2 million to create CU Cooperative Branching, LLC, Louisiana’s shared branching network. Cochran now serves as president/CEO of CU Cooperative Branching as well as the league.
During nearly two decades as LCUL president/CEO, Cochran has been instrumental in helping shape meaningful legislation benefiting U.S. credit unions, including the Credit Union Membership Act of 1998 (HR 1151). Cochran has served on many credit union organization boards and committees, including the CUNA & Affiliates’ Governmental Affairs Committee and CU Service Centers, where she is an executive officer for the regional shared branching network. She also is a member of the CUNA Mutual Group's league research and advisory committee and serves on CUNA’s World Affairs Committee. She is a frequent speaker at international credit union meetings, including World Council’s 2002, 2003 and 2004 Africa regional congresses, tirelessly volunteering her time to help international leagues and credit unions grow and prosper.
Named one of the "Top 50 Women of the Year" by New Orleans CityBusiness, Cochran is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2006, the National Credit Union Foundation awarded her the Anchor Award for her “strength, perseverance and leadership in helping credit unions recover from Hurricane Katrina.” Cochran is a graduate of McNeese State University and Penn State University.