NCUA OMWI Director Tawana Y. James retires

resized_NCUA_SEALTawana Y. James, the director of the National Credit Union Administration’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, retired last week.

“Promoting greater diversity is one of this agency’s top priorities, and Tawana has served NCUA and the credit union system well in her role as point person on these issues,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said.

In 1980, James began at NCUA as a temporary technician and later an examiner. Since 1994, she has held executive-level positions at the NCUA, which was required under Dodd-Frank to establish the OMWI.

Before taking over as OMWI director in 2011, James served as the director of the Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives and director of the Office of Examination and Insurance.

“Tawana James has spent 36 years in public service and has been a valuable employee at NCUA,” NCUA Board Member Michael E. Fryzel said. “She has done an outstanding job as head of the Office of Minority Women and Inclusion, and her expertise will be missed. We wish her good health and happiness as she begins the next chapter in her life.”

NCUA Associate General Counsel for Administrative Law Linda Dent will take over for James, and the agency will name a permanent director at a later date.

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