The Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) welcomes Adrian Velazquez, Esq., to the team as Director of Advocacy. Responsible for overseeing CCUA’s advocacy initiatives, Velazquez will work with legislators and regulators at the state and federal levels, as well as with credit unions, other associations and strategic partners.
“We are thrilled to have Adrian join our team,” said CCUA President and CEO Ron McLean. “Adrian is a dynamic leader, and his vast experience will be extremely valuable as we advocate for credit unions and their members.”
“I am thrilled to join CCUA,” said Velazquez. “Part of my personal history with credit unions is the value of family. When I bought my first car, a credit union was there for me; when I bought my house, a credit union was there for me; and now, as i grow my own family, credit unions are always there for me. I am delighted to represent the interests of our family of credit unions. »
Velazquez served six years in the Massachusetts Legislature on the Joint Committee on Financial Services, where he drafted and led legislation impacting credit unions and banks. He has consulted and advised political campaigns for the past ten years at the municipal, state and federal levels. His past political and legal work has reinforced his role as a trusted advisor and communicator to public leaders.
Prior to joining CCUA, Velazquez served on the Public Counsel Services Committee, where he provided legal advice to CPCS and presented oral and written testimony before legislative committees, coalition meetings and conferences.
Velazquez holds a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University School of Law, a Masters of Liberal Arts in Government from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of the Sacred Heart of Puerto Rico, where he graduated. magna cum laude.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Velazquez resides in Boston with his wife, Dr. Christina Dimeglio. He speaks Spanish and German, as well as conversational French.