This is the third edition of our “Getting Familiar with Your Foundation” series on our blog! Each month we will highlight a different member of our Foundation staff so you can get to know the people who make our work possible. Last month we got to know CFOO Hannibal Brumskine. This month, get to know Senior Program Manager Mark Lynch!
Here are some lessons in leadership and fun facts you might not know about Mark:
When you aren’t at work, what are we most likely to find you doing?
Building something in my workshop.
Do you have a guilty pleasure? If so what is it?
I don’t really like sweets or desert, but I love milk chocolate.
What is your favorite TV show or a few that you can’t miss?
My favorite TV show is Real Time with Bill Maher. However, I never grow tired of watching re-runs of MASH, House of Cards, Newsroom and West Wing.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The power to overcome wealth and income inequality in the world.
How did you get started in the credit union movement? Tell us your credit union “love story”.
In my early 20’s I was an organizer for the labor union that represented bank workers in Australia. One of my tasks was to ask bank workers if they would like to join Credit Union For Bank Employees. I loved the fact that a credit union could help their employees when the bank couldn’t and have been loving that concept ever since.
What has been your favorite moment while working at the Foundation?
There are so many. However, seeing those “aha” moments on the faces of credit union staff that go through the Development Education (DE) Program are my favorite moments.
What makes you excited to come to work every day?
Knowing that even though we are a small group of people, Foundation staff are making such an enormous impact on credit unions, their communities and the lives of their members.
What is the one thing you wish people knew about the Foundation?
I wish people knew about all the amazing resources the Foundation has to help credit unions better serve their members in a way that is not only good for the members but is also good for the credit union.
What is a lesson in leadership you have learned and would like other people to know?
Try to create an environment where everyone can’t wait to get to work every day. Because if they love what they do, and the people they work with, they are passionate about the difference they can make in the lives of others.
Look for our next staff feature next month!
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