Senator Angel to be honored by Washington Credit Union Movement for Community Impact

The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) is coming to the Kitsap Peninsula on Tuesday to honor Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, for her leadership on credit union issues in the State Senate. Angel will receive the 2017 Community Impact Award at Peninsula Credit Union in Port Orchard, July 25.

“Senator Angel has been an advocate for credit union issues, and we value her leadership and service,” said Troy Stang, President/CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. “Washington credit unions are honored to recognize her with this award.”

Cooperative, not-for-profit credit unions have 3.6 million consumers in Washington.

Angel serves as the chair of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

“This is truly a great honor for me,” said Angel. “I’ve worked hard to make sure every citizen of Washington has a secure financial system while we keep our policy on pace with technology. The credit unions here in our community and across the state have been very valuable resources and partners in this effort, so this is an important recognition of the results we’ve been achieving.”

Angel first entered the Legislature in 2009, bringing years of experience working for financial institutions, real estate businesses, and in local government. Her colleagues recognized this expertise, appointing her as chair of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee where she has led on critical policy changes to keep credit unions on pace with finance and technology trends.

Her leadership in the Legislature also earned national appointments to the Council of State Governments Finance and Economic Development Committee as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council National Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development Task Force.

“When I first started in banking, I was known as the ‘blonde lady banker’ in town, because I was the only woman who was working in banking in the area,” recounted Angel.

Angel was the only woman employee when she began working at a bank in Alaska. She went on to work in the financial services industry for 14 years in both Alaska and Colorado, earning appointments as National Director and Alaska State President of the National Association of Bank Women.

In addition to her background in financial services, Angel has also worked in insurance, and as a small business owner with locations in Pierce and Kitsap counties.

The event honoring Sen. Angel will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Port Orchard branch of Peninsula Credit Union, 1081 Bethel Road, 98366. For more information on the event, contact Jim Morrell, President/CEO of Peninsula Credit Union, or Paula Sardinas, VP Legislative Affairs of the Northwest Credit Union Association.