Ari Farrell (They/Ari/Ari's) serves as Manager of the World Young Credit Union Professionals (WYCUP) program, an initiative of Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions.
Farrell is part of the Credit Union De Novo Collective—working with other collaborators in the credit union and financial services space to streamline the charting process and support new credit unions that will serve the underserved. They were actively involved in the formation of a de novo credit union to primarily serve the LGBTQIA+, service workers, and the formerly incarcerated.
Farrell has over 16 years experience in customer service and eight years in the credit union industry working as a member contact center specialist II, loss prevention specialist, BSA specialist and industrial hemp program analyst at Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU). Farrell worked on special projects, creating and assisting in running the Paycheck Protection Program at NWCU, helping over 200 businesses and hundreds more employees through more than $16 million dollars of direct community support.
Farrell served on the Willamette Chapter of Credit Unions' Board of Directors from 2017-2020, is a credit union advocate, a Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) 2019 YP Lead, and the 2020 DDJ Meyers Emerging Leaders Program Scholarship recipient and graduate. Farrell graduated from an eight-week board ready training offered by the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC), a graduate from the AACUC’s Leadership Academy- DEI For Financial Professionals program (the inaugural class). Farrell currently holds their BSACS.
Farrell was selected as a Filene Research Institute "Crasher" to attend the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2022, and Advocate for Credit Unions on a Federal Level. Farrell has focused their voice on social issues and serving the underserved through podcast interviews and panel discussions with CU Pride, PSCU- ERG PSCUnity, Madam Nymphadora, ACT with Alina, Idiz, Finopotamus, CU Broadcast and multiple publications in ANTHEM.
Farrell has attended university with a focus on psychology, teaching and fine art.