Filene Research Institute
As an Impact Director, Cortney aims to prepare credit unions for the next generation, while remaining true to the “people helping people” philosophy. She thrives on making human connections to understand what drives people, and then helps guide them to take action using research-based solutions.
A proud millennial, Cortney has more than 11 years of experience in financial services. Her career started at a savings and loan but she eventually ended up at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. In her most recent role, she was a supervisor over the remote service channels. Her experience working with members and team members over the past seven years gives her key insights into ease-of-use and how credit unions can create a winning omni-channel experience that makes things easy but also embraces the human connection.Cortney earned a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Not only does Cortney value education, but also life lessons—and what better way to connect with people than through travel. She has traveled to Europe through a study abroad program and spent time in India volunteering with a women’s group. Cortney was selected as a GAC Crasher in 2016, which helped cement her commitment to the credit union movement.
When Cortney isn’t working or traveling, she enjoys camping, hiking, coffee, and watching Futurama, Fringe, or Bob’s Burgers with her husband and their two cats, Ralphie and Francis.
WORKSHOP & CLOSING SPEAKER
Margaret Lund is an independent consultant specializing in community development finance and shared ownership strategies. Her clients includes dozens of cooperative development organizations, co-ops and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).
Prior to launching her consulting practice in 2008, Lund spent 16 years as the Executive Director of the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, a CDFI lending to cooperatives of all sectors.
Lund is a past board member of the National Cooperative Business Association where she chaired the Cooperative Development and the International Development committees as well as a national task force on cooperative capital formation. She also served on the board of Health Partners, the largest consumer-governed healthcare organization in the U.S.
Lund has been featured as a speaker, trainer and panelist for a wide range of organizations including the Opportunity Finance Network, the National Credit Union Administration, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, the Consumer Cooperative Managers Association, and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Montana State Director
USDA Rural Development
Robison serves as the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Montana. Robison first worked for USDA as a Forest Service wildland firefighter in the late 90s, on an engine crew, as a Hotshot and as a helitack rappeller. Robison cites the struggles of rural Montana families as his inspiration for public service. A Montana native, Robison grew up irrigating hay fields and working cattle on his grandparents’ ranch near Ennis. Robison enjoys hunting, fishing, building snowmen with his kids and teaching them to ski.
Robison earned degrees in law and business from the University of Montana. He received the American FFA Degree in 1996. Robison practiced law in Helena with Attorney General Tim Fox at the Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman law firm, where he represented family businesses, farmers, ranchers and Montana mines. Robison served four years as State Director for U.S. Senator Steve Daines. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte. Robison and his wife Rachel live in Helena with their 2 children. He looks forward to pursuing his passion for the struggles of rural Montana and the working families who call it home.
As State Director, Robison will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Montana.