Chair - Credit Union National Association (CUNA)
Anne Cochran, 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, 60,000 credit unions in 109 countries serve 223,000,000 people. The regional and national credit union and financial cooperative associations affiliated with World Council represent 89 countries around the globe.
In 2015, Cochran was elected chairman on World Council's Board of Directors. She is the first female to ever hold this title. Prior to this position, Cochran has served for World Council in many capacities. She is a frequent speaker at international credit union meetings, including many of World Council's Congresses, tirelessly volunteering her time to help international leagues and credit unions grow and prosper. She is also a member of the Global Women's Leadership Network, which provides women with the opportunity and resources to make a measureable difference in the lives of each other, in the lives of credit union members and in their communities.
As LCUL president/CEO, Cochran, a native of Dublin, Ireland, has matured the association into a prospering, financially sound organization, attaining the highest affiliation ratio in league history. Under her leadership, 26 credit unions united and invested more than US$2 million to create Louisiana's CU Cooperative Branching Network, one of the most successful cooperatives throughout the state.
Cochran has served on many credit union organization boards and committees, including the CUNA & Affiliates' Governmental Affairs Committee, and has served as an executive officer for Credit Union Service Centers, the regional shared branching network. She has also served as a member of the CUNA Mutual Group League Research and Advisory Committee and on CUNA's World Affairs Committee. She served as chair of the Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools, a program that provides learning opportunities to the staff and volunteers of their member credit unions.
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 developed the Louisiana Credit Union Foundation to provide financial assistance for statewide disaster relief efforts and educational opportunities for credit union employees and volunteers. In 2011, she was inducted into the Louisiana Credit Union Hall of Fame.
Cochran is a graduate of McNeese State University, Penn State University CUNA Management Schools and the University of Wisconsin Certified League Executive School.