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Filene Welcomes Robin Brulé as Fellow of Philanthropic Partnerships

New position expands cross-sector collaborations to solve complex problems through partnerships.

With more than 25 years of community leadership, Filene Research Institute is thrilled to announce Robin Brulé as the Fellow of Philanthropic Partnerships to help Filene elevate its philanthropic partnerships and promote economic opportunity and well-being. Filene conducted a national search led by McDermott + Bull to fill this role.

Robin Brulé

“At the intersection of creativity and hyper-relevant strategy lies the opportunity of philanthropic partnerships,” said Mark Meyer, Filene’s President and CEO. “Filene is constantly looking at gaps where we can innovate and work with partners to promote economic and financial well-being and with Robin’s vast experience we will be better able to work with partners to test solutions that meet community defined needs, address complex challenges, and shift policies and practices in lasting and impactful ways.”

A graduate from the University of Phoenix, Robin most recently served as a Fellow at the Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow. Prior to that, she served as Chief Community Engagement Officer for Nusenda Federal Credit Union where she led their efforts to deepen their commitment to serving the under-served through innovation and cooperative leadership, eventually becoming the recipient of the 2019 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Organization Award.

"Philanthropy is so much more than dollars. It’s about different ways to contribute to solutions and Filene is searching for the solutions the matter most to the credit union industry and their members."

Brulé is a fierce advocate for social and economic justice with a strong track record engineering, piloting and scaling holistic service programs focused on measurable, sustainable, and unusual outcomes across healthcare, education, workforce development, juvenile justice, economic development, and financial services.

“Philanthropy is so much more than dollars. It’s about different ways to contribute to solutions and Filene is searching for the solutions that matter most to the credit union industry and their members,” said Robin Brulé. “I am excited to help strengthen Filene’s ability to create cross-sector partnerships through philanthropy and in doing so, evolve the cooperative finance space so that all people can be economically secure, improve their financial well-being, build assets and thrive.”

Brulé has held positions as Chief Strategist for New Mexico Center for Philanthropic Partnerships, Executive Director of Central New Mexico Community College Foundation and Director of Development for University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital during her more than 25 years of extensive community leadership. In each of these roles, she was witness to the impact access to financial services made on individuals overcoming barriers to their well-being. “Alongside Filene, credit unions must continue to look at things differently and recognize the opportunity to ask the tough questions around what is needed, what is happening and how they can be a lever for change.”