February 21, 2024
Debra Schwartz

It’s been a very long time however after practically 17 years of management with Mission Federal Credit score Union (Mission Fed), President & Chief Government Officer Debra Schwartz has elected to formally retire on March 1, 2024.  

Schwartz joined Mission Fed in 2007 because the credit score union’s government vp. After serving as interim CEO in 2008, she was named President and CEO and has since grown Mission Fed from $1.8 billion to $6 billion in property. The credit score union’s membership has expanded from 127,000 to greater than 300,000 members in the identical timeframe. 

“My resolution to retire didn’t come calmly, however I consider true management is about understanding when it’s time to go the torch,” Schwartz stated. “Success is doing a job you like with folks you take pleasure in, and by any measure, I’ve achieved that. It’s been an honor and privilege to work with our crew and the San Diego group – and our shared values at Mission Fed will proceed to drive success for our members and the group at giant.” 

Schwartz added that Mission Fed, “is powerful, resilient, protected and supportive of our members – and we are going to preserve the momentum going.”  

Beneath Schwartz’s management, Mission Fed has contributed over $1 million yearly to the group for a number of years. Whereas the listing of group assist is lengthy, Mission Fed’s assist through the pandemic was a spotlight for Schwartz.

Mission Fed targeted on supporting workers, in addition to San Diegans who have been most in want throughout that point. In lower than 60 days, Mission Fed raised and donated a complete of $680,342 to native nonprofit organizations caring for essentially the most weak group members in 2020. Schwartz coined this endeavor because the proudest second of her profession. 

Beneath her management, Mission Fed has been named a High Office in San Diego and nationwide.

Different honors have included the Forbes Finest-in-State Credit score Unions listing, listed as a high U.S. credit score union by Client Experiences, a five-star ranking with Bauer Monetary, and honors from the native Higher Enterprise Bureau.

Mission Fed additionally grew to become the primary San Diego-based credit score union to obtain the “Juntos Avanzamos” designation, honoring its dedication to serving and empowering Hispanic/Latinx shoppers.  

The credit score union is extremely thought to be a area people accomplice of selection, which Schwartz has modeled all through her profession. Exterior of her work, Schwartz volunteered her time and expertise to a wide range of nonprofit organizations through the years and at the moment serves as board chair for Junior Achievement of San Diego County.

“Our members are greater than clients – and we make investments our earnings into serving them and our group,” Schwartz stated. “These are among the many issues I’ll miss most, however I stay up for watching Mission Fed proceed to assist the numerous organizations that make San Diego a fantastic place to stay and work.” 

The Mission Fed Board of Administrators unanimously appointed Chief Monetary Officer Doug Wright as Schwartz’s success. Wright will formally take the reins of CEO on March 1, 2024, and the management crew continues to work in tandem to make sure a clean transition for workers and members. Wright has served as CFO since 2016 and brings greater than 25 years of expertise in business and group banking. 

To be taught extra, go to www.MissionFed.com.