Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union – ST. PAUL, MINN. (Sept. 11, 2020) – Julie Cosgrove, Chief Talent Officer for Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union (Affinity Plus) has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Callahan & Associates, the national research, data and consulting firm out of Washington DC. Cosgrove will serve a 3-year term. “Julie believes in the power of cooperative finance and has long been an advocate for the contributions Callahan & Associates makes to the credit union movement. As an employee-owned firm, we are looking forward to her unique lens as we continue to support credit unions,” said Jon Jeffreys, CEO of Callahan & Associates. “I’m thrilled to be part such an important organization,” said Cosgrove. “Callahan is the nation’s premier thought leader for analytical services for credit unions – they’re helping credit unions continually evolve to better serve their members and adapt to the changing marketplace.” At Affinity Plus, Cosgrove helped lead a culture transformation that has earned Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces awards three years in a row – jumping up to #4 overall in the state among large employers. “I am really happy for Julie and this recognition. Callahan is such a driving force in our industry,” said Dave Larson, Affinity Plus CEO. “Julie will bring the team at Callahan insights and learnings that will make what they do for credit unions even better.” She oversees an HR function focusing on the retention, development, and satisfaction of employees, as well as evaluating current compensation and benefits programs. She also leads the Learning & Development team that provides training and education across the organization. In September of 2015, Julie returned to Affinity Plus, having previously worked for the credit union from 2000-2012 and established herself as a prominent leader in a variety of capacities. In addition to her Affinity Plus responsibilities, Cosgrove serves on the Board of the District 196 Foundation, serving the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district. She’s also a frequent Make-A-Wish Minnesota volunteer. To learn more about Julie Cosgrove or Affinity Plus, please visit our website: www.affinityplus.org. Based in St. Paul, Minn., Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative that puts people first above profits. Members of Affinity Plus receive maximum value through competitive rates, minimal fees, and unique, member-centric products and programs. Established in 1930, Affinity Plus has 28 branches located throughout Minnesota and is owned by more than 210,000 members. Affinity Plus has nearly $3 billion in assets. Additional information is available at www.affinityplus.org or by calling (800) 322-7228. About Callahan & Associates We are dedicated to helping the credit union industry thrive. Our team provides leading research, analytics, networking, and consulting solutions. More than 4,000 credit unions and industry suppliers rely on us for the latest data, actionable insights, and benchmarking tools to develop their unique competitive advantages and achieve their strategic goals. Our 35-year history has enabled us to build an unparalleled knowledge transfer consortium which connects the industry’s best minds. To join Callahan’s network, please visit www.callahan.com.