Bill Hampel

Former Chief Economist CUNA

Following a long and productive career as Chief Economist and Chief Policy Officer of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in Washington DC, Bill Hampel is now an economic consultant specializing in explaining trends in the economy and financial institutions to business leaders.

Bill served as Interim President/CEO of CUNA from June to September 2014. He was one of the association’s longest tenured executives, having joined as economist in 1978.  He transferred from CUNA's Madison office in 1997, and was a senior member of CUNA's advocacy team. 

Bill is an expert on the economy and credit union issues, and has been 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. He currently serves as a member of the Supervisory Committee of floridacentral Credit Union.

Hampel holds a doctorate in economics from Iowa State University. He and his wife Diane live in Tampa Florida.