Then-President Barack Obama nominated Rick Metsger to serve on the Board of the National Credit Union Administration on May 16, 2013. The U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Metsger on August 1, 2013, and he took the oath of office on August 23, 2013. He served as the ninth NCUA Board Chairman from May 1, 2016, through January 22, 2017.
Mr. Metsger has extensive public policy and private-sector experience in the areas of financial services, consumer protection, taxation, transportation and strategic communications. He previously served as NCUA’s representative on the NeighborWorks America Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the NCUA Board, Mr. Metsger owned his own strategic communications consulting firm focused on financial services, capital construction, energy and transportation issues.
Mr. Metsger previously served for 12 years in the Oregon State Senate, where he chaired the Business and Transportation Committee and served on committees with jurisdiction in the areas of education, revenue, the judiciary, human services and consumer protection. He was a member of Oregon Senate leadership from 2009 to 2011 and was elected President Pro Tem in 2009. His Senate service included his chief sponsorship of a law to expand state-chartered credit unions’ field of membership, as well as co-sponsorship of sweeping utility regulation to refund millions of dollars to consumers, legislation to combat predatory payday lending, and a bill creating the largest public transportation investment in the state’s history.
Mr. Metsger also served on the State Treasury Debt Policy Advisory Commission and as a Director of Financial Beginnings, a non-profit organization providing financial education to children and young adults.
In addition to consulting and public service, Mr. Metsger has worked as a teacher and a radio and television journalist. From 1993 to 2001, he served on the board of directors of the Portland Teachers Credit Union. While in college, the credit union gave him a $350 loan to purchase his first car. Twenty years later, he joined the credit union’s board as a volunteer director.
Mr. Metsger holds a BS in Communications and an MA in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. His term on the NCUA Board expires August 2, 2017.