Kendra Rubin

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Rubin Joins SEFCU As Chief Legal Officer

SEFCU, based in Albany, announces the hiring of Kendra Rubin as chief legal officer. She brings nearly a decade of legal experience in the credit union industry, government, and the private sector.

Rubin comes to SEFCU from the New York Credit Union Association where she served as vice president of government affairs. In that role, Rubin was responsible for leading the NYCUA’s state and federal lobbying and advocacy efforts and helped to bring engagement with the association to a 20-year high.

Rubin will serve as SEFCU’s general counsel, working closely with both internal and external business partners, providing legal advice and strategy to senior management, and managing external legal counsel relationships. She will also oversee contract administration, regulatory compliance and advocacy.

Prior to working with the NYCUA, Rubin held various positions with the State of New York, including serving as deputy director for the Bureau of Program Counsel and Health Insurance with the New York State Department of Health and various positions within the New York State Executive Chamber where she worked directly with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and senior staff, offering advice on legal issues related to board governance, the judiciary, information technology, local government, FOIL, record retention, and more.

SEFCU President and CEO Michael Castellana said, “With her specialized training and experience in credit unions and industry, she is perfectly suited to help lead SEFCU through our current challenges and to new heights.”

Rubin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and Albany Law School. In 2017, she was named Albany Law School’s Rising Star in Government and in 2019, she was named one of City and State’s Albany Top 40 under 40.

Established in 1934, SEFCU is among the 50 largest credit unions in the U.S. with more than $3.5 billion in assets, 330,000 members, and 50 branches in the Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse, and Buffalo.

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