WOCCU Chair Receives "Ambassador Award"

Steven Stapp earns award for helping to elevate Oregon as an international trade leader

Source: Unitus Community Credit Union

May 29, 2019

WOCCU Board Chair Steven Stapp (center) with the Ambassador Award from the Oregon Consular Corps.

PORTLAND, Ore.—The credit union movement stands for a lot of things—customized service, community involvement and better rates, to be sure. But look too closely and you might miss the deeper, more fundamental core of the movement at work: connecting and elevating people to help each of them grow.

One person who works to advance this purpose at a worldwide level is World Council Chair and Unitus Community Credit Union President/CEO Steven Stapp—so much so that he was honored with the Ambassador Award from the Oregon Consular Corps. The award is given once a year to an organization or individual who excels at creating family wage jobs in Oregon and strengthens Oregon's standing as a leader in international trade and investment.

“With all the exciting activity going on at home, it can be easy to forget that most of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. We are fortunate enough to be able to provide vital products and services that make life better for peoples throughout the world,” said Stapp. “The global work we do at Unitus reflects the need for today’s leaders to expand our cultural awareness, learn about the challenges others are facing and help share the hard-won solutions we’ve discovered to improve life worldwide.”

A designated steering committee selected Stapp to receive the award at this year’s Celebrate Trade Gala, an annual mainstay of Oregon’s World Trade Week. The stately event, this year hosted at the Portland Art Museum, not only honors outstanding local leaders and organizations making a positive impact in the state. It also raises funds for the nonprofit Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Fund which grants scholarships to students at four Oregon universities. These funds allow Oregon’s next generation of leaders to study abroad, gain international experience and expand their own cultural competence as they prepare to enter an increasingly global workplace.

Stapp receives this award almost a year after being elected Chair of World Council's Board of Directors.

About Unitus Community Credit Union
Unitus Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution serving people living or working in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Benton, Columbia, Deschutes, Douglas, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Linn and Lane counties in Oregon and the state of Washington. Additional information about Unitus is available at or by calling (800) 452-0900.

About the Oregon Consular Corps
The Oregon Consular Corps is a nonprofit corporation with members who serve or have served within the United States as diplomatic representatives to other nations and foreign jurisdictions. Approximately 30 nations have consuls general and honorary consuls in Oregon. Members of the Oregon Consular Corps are dedicated to improving relations, communications, trade, travel, and assisting and protecting foreign nationals living or traveling within the consular territory.

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 86,055 credit unions in 118 countries serve 291 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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Contact: Greg Neumann
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: +1 608-395-2048
Contact: Laurie Kresl
Organization: Unitus Community Credit Union
Phone: +1 503-423-8310