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Lobbying Workshop


Proactively Protect your Credit Union through a National
Lobbying Campaign!

Join us in San José, Costa Rica, on May 21–22 for World Council's Lobbying Workshop 2015 and learn how credit unions in the United States have benefited their members and communities by establishing positive governmental relations and expanding communication channels with elected officials.
  • Learn how to facilitate communication between members, legislators and politicians to highlight the positive impact that credit unions have achieved in your community.
  • Find out how social networks and smartphone apps can be utilized to involve members directly in the legislative decision-making process.
  • Investigate the details of a successful lobbying campaign and find out how to best coordinate your efforts nationally.
  • Discover how credit unions can compete with other sectors that have greater resources to influence the legislative process.

Distinguished Speakers!

Ryan Donovan

Ryan Donovan
Chief Advocacy Officer
Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

As Chief Advocacy Officer at the Credit Union National Association, Ryan Donovan is responsible for the development and implementation of the Credit Union National Association's legislative, regulatory and state government advocacy efforts. In recent years these efforts have proven successful in reducing credit unions' regulatory burden and protecting them from legislative proposals which would make it more difficult for them to serve their members.

Ryan joined the Credit Union National Association as Vice President - Legislative Affairs in September 2007, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2011 and to Chief Advocacy Officer in January 2015. Prior to joining CUNA, Ryan worked for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as Director of Federal Government Affairs. He also served as a member of the Congressional staffs of Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) and former House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO).

Ryan holds a Master in Government degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Truman State University. A native of Missouri, Ryan is a passionate fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He and his wife, Kristi, live in Fairfax, Virginia, with their daughters Paige and Juliet.

Jared Ross

Jared Ross
Sr. Vice President of Association Services
League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU)

Jared joined the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU) in 2011 as the Florida Director of Legislative Affairs. In that role, Jared was the lead lobbyist on all matters before the Florida legislature and the Florida's Congressional Delegation.

In July 2012, Jared was promoted to Vice President of Governmental Affairs, overseeing all the League's advocacy efforts in Alabama and Florida. In August 2013, Jared was once again promoted to Sr. Vice President of Association Services. In his expanded role, Jared continues to oversee the Governmental Affairs department, as well as the League's Communications, Education, and Cooperative Initiatives departments, as well as the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation.

Jared brings more than 10 years' experience lobbying to his position, having served as Chief Legislative Aide in a private lobbying firm for 2 years, Director of Public Policy for the American Cancer Society's Florida Division for over 4 years, and now with the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates. Jared graduated from The Florida State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from The Florida State University College of Law in 2006 with his Juris Doctor degree. He is also a member of the Florida Bar.

Jared resides in Tallahassee, FL with his wife Heather, their daughter, Hannah, and their son, Jacob.

The registration fee of US$400 per person includes the following:

  • Educational sessions led by credit union lobbying experts
  • Program schedule
    • May 21: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    • May 22: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Simultaneous translation with headphones. The majority of the sessions will be presented in English with professional simultaneous translation to Spanish.
  • Certificate of Participation and workshop materials
  • The registration fee does not include lodging.

Workshop Venue: Marriott Hotel, San José Costa Rica

The preferential room rates noted below include breakfast, wireless internet in your room and transfers between Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and the hotel. The prices indicated include all taxes and gratuities.

No. of nights
Single (one person)
May 20 May 22
Single (one person) May 20 May 23
Double (two people)
May 20
May 22
Double (two people) May 20
May 23

Reservations must be confirmed through the WOCCU room block in order to receive preferential rates.

Please note: Payment can be made via credit card or wire transfer as noted in the instructions on the registration form.

Registration and Agenda

  • Registration FormPDF
    To register for the Lobbying Workshop 2015, please download the registration form, complete the information requested and send it to Thomas Belekevich at
  • Agenda (available soon)

If you have any additional questions relating to the Lobbying Workshop 2015, please contact:
Thomas Belekevich
Program Manager

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