Peggy Nalls is Chief Advocacy Officer for the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). She oversees state and federal advocacy efforts and communicates with elected officials on behalf of credit unions. Peggy’s accomplishments with MCUA include organizing grassroots efforts for the federal 1998 Credit Union Membership Access Act, and grassroots strategy as well as work on legislative language for Missouri’s two field-of-membership bills passed in 1998 and 2007. Peggy states that working on credit union field-of-membership legislation has proved to her that a win can sometimes be a loss and hopes to be a part of passing legislation that would return decisions on field-of-membership to credit union boards.
Since joining MCUA in 1993, Peggy has worked in the marketing area and served at the director level in Professional Development. She has also supervised communications and public relations and compliance and earned a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designation.
Prior to joining the association, Peggy worked as a freelance copywriter and held several positions with two newspapers. She spent seven years at an AM/FM radio station in Texas where she entered as a copywriter, advanced to news reporter, hosted the morning drive time news/talk show for four years and was named president. While with the station she interviewed a variety of people from entertainers, to politicians and accused murderers. She reports that after being robbed at gun point, shot at, and suffered an arsonist fire in her apartment, she made a “flight to safety” to credit unions, similar to what a number of consumers have done since the financial meltdown. In the late 1980s, she joined Vantage Credit Union as marketing director and then moved on to MCUA. She was bitten by the credit union bug and has never looked back.
Peggy attended Forest Park Community College, University of Missouri - Columbia, East Texas State University in Texas and Webster University in St. Louis.