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Catie McDonald


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Catie McDonald is a trusted strategic partner and leader passionate about the credit union movement. Known for her ability to ask thought-provoking questions and listen intently, Catie leverages her communication skills to drive successful outcomes in her work.

Throughout her career, Catie has collaborated closely with CEOs, executive leadership teams, and various Boards, bringing clarity to strategic vision and aligning stakeholders to produce remarkable results.

Known for her facilitation skills, Catie consistently receives feedback for her ability to make strategy sessions engaging and enjoyable. Participants are often surprised by how much fun they have while discussing critical matters, a testament to Catie’s talent for creating a collaborative and energizing environment.

Outside of work, Catie is focused on giving back to her community. She actively participates in her neighborhood association, previously organizing the vibrant Eken Park Festival. Additionally, Catie serves on the Madison Board of Park Commissioners and the board of the Madison Parks Foundation. She is driven by her belief in fairness and has a track record of promoting and contributing to DEI initiatives at previous employers. This includes starting a Martin Luther King, Jr, Day of Service – allowing employees to take a “day on not a day off” in their community. She finds joy in gardening, reading, traveling, and hosting events. Catie’s love for fostering connections and creating a sense of community is evident in all aspects of her life.

This passion is reflected professionally in her leadership on the Financial Well-being for All program while at CUNA – helping Boards and credit unions understand how to serve their members better and incorporate financial well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion into their strategic plans.

As a strategic partner and leader, Catie McDonald combines her expertise in the financial services and credit union industry, exceptional communication skills, and a genuine passion for making a difference. Whether guiding organizations through strategic challenges or giving back to the community, Catie’s dedication, facilitation prowess, and commitment to excellence shine through. By working with Catie, you can unlock the full potential of your credit union or organization and create a lasting impact in the communities you serve.