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Seattle, WA Seattle Credit Union has selected Michael Cruz as its new Chief Financial Officer. He was placed by DDJ Myers, the well-known leadership development firm that offers a broad range of solutions to help clients optimize their greatest assets – their people.

“We’re excited to welcome Michael as our new CFO,” says Richard Romero, CEO. “He brings a wide variety of financial expertise to his new position and shares our vision and passion for ensuring a robust future for everyone who lives in the Puget Sound.”

Prior to joining Seattle Credit Union, Cruz served as Senior Vice President of Risk Management for Credit Union of Southern California. His professional experience also includes a decade of regulatory service, including holding various positions for the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

“I am both honored and thrilled to carry out Seattle Credit Union’s mission of making prosperity a reality for our Membership through innovative and sound financial management,” says Cruz.

Cruz earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Chapman University and his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control (CRISC), and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

In his free time, Cruz enjoys building and soldering computers, playing golf, and gardening. He and his wife, Stephanie, also have two pet cockapoos, Logan and Chloe.

About Seattle Credit Union

Founded in 1933 when seven City of Seattle municipal workers with dreams of more equitable access to fairer lending practices pooled together 35 dollars, the 91-year-old organization today has 55,000 members with assets of more than $1 billion. Seattle Credit Union has a long-standing commitment to empower communities through providing equitable and affordable financial services. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Seattle Credit Union is committed to bolstering economic vibrancy within historically marginalized communities. Learn more at

About DDJ Myers, An ALM First Company

DDJ Myers specializes in leadership success through executive recruitment, strategic organization, and board development for financial institutions. In addition, they offer a broad range of online assessments to help companies optimize their greatest assets – their people. DDJ Myers joined forces with ALM First, a strategic partner that offers depositories an array of financial advisory services, in 2022 to provide expanded educational opportunities and solutions to help clients optimize both people and financial performance. Learn more at or visit our parent company

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