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Chris Harper

Senior Director, Membership at Filene Research Institute

An authority on the auto and finance marketplaces, Chris Harper brings 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to Filene as our Senior Director, Membership. He will lead our membership efforts and drive impact from Filene’s research to change not only credit union members but the community at large.

During his 15 year tenure at CU Direct, Chris oversaw efforts in expanding alternative lending solutions, supervised the company’s successful expansion efforts into new markets, established more than a dozen key strategic partnerships, and became the company’s Vice President, Business Development.

Prior to joining CU Direct, Chris was the Finance Director for Larry Page Auto Group, managed a Community Reinvestment Act branch for Wells Fargo and also served on the Board of New Generations Federal Credit Union for six years.

Chris grew up in New Jersey, received his BS in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, a graduate of Bank of America’s Management Training Program and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School.

Chris moved to California from the east coast in 2013 and is based out of Filene’s Irvine, CA outpost. Chris continues to make his way around the country by checking off his bucket list of seeing all 30 major league baseball stadiums. He has visited 24 so far and so you don’t have to ask, he is obviously a NY Mets fan.

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