Bill Hampel


Chief Economist

Dr. Bill Hampel is Chief Economist and Chief Policy Officer of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the largest and most influential national trade association advocating for America's credit unions. There are nearly 6,000 credit unions nationwide, with about 110 million members and almost $1.4 trillion in assets.

Bill served as Interim President/CEO of the association from June to September 2014. He is one of the longest tenured executives of CUNA, having joined the association as economist in 1978. He was promoted to Chief Economist in 1985, and to senior vice president of research and policy analysis in 1992. He transferred from CUNA's Madison office in 1997, and since then has been a senior member of CUNA's advocacy team.

Bill is an expert on the economy and credit union issues, and is regularly interviewed by the media for stories appearing on major national television, radio and print outlets. He has also testified before Congress about a number of key credit union issues. Bill served as a staff member at Navy Federal Credit Union in Virginia during a one-year sabbatical in 1989, where he studied credit union operations and carried out a variety of consulting projects.

He was on the board of directors for CUNA Credit Union (now Summit Credit Union) from 1991 to 2003, serving as board chair from 1999 to 2001. From 2004 to 2011 he served on the board of the National Cooperative Bank, which supports America's cooperatives and their members, especially in low-income communities, by providing innovative financial and related services.

Hampel is a member of the American Economic Association and the National Association for Business Economists and holds a doctorate in economics from Iowa State University. He and his wife Diane live in Alexandria, VA and have two children: Alan, a credit union loan officer; and Vonnie, a Congressional staffer.