ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 12, 2021) – National Credit Union Administration Chairman Todd M. Harper announced today he has appointed Samuel Schumach to serve as Deputy Director for External Affairs and Communications.
“Sam brings a wealth of strategic communications and congressional relations experience to this position,” Chairman Harper said. “His deep set of public affairs skills, along with his knowledge of the legislative process and proven leadership abilities, will serve the NCUA well as we continue to respond to the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthen our commitment to consumer financial protection and economic equity, address cybersecurity risks, and position the agency for the future.”
Schumach joins the NCUA from the Federal Aviation Administration, where he served as a legislative affairs officer, responsible for managing legislative affairs and communications for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
Prior to his FAA experience, Schumach was a media spokesperson for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and served as the press secretary for the United States Office of Personnel Management, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and for former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. His private sector experience includes strategic communication and congressional relations consulting at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. He also served for nearly a decade as an enlisted member in the active and reserve components of the United States Air Force.
“I am thrilled to join the dedicated team at NCUA at such a pivotal time for the credit union industry,” said Schumach. “Credit unions have been a part of my financial life since the day I opened my first account, and I know first-hand how vital they are to communities across the country. I look forward to working alongside Chairman Harper and the Board to promote a safe, sound, and equitable credit union industry.”
Schumach earned a master’s degree in global security studies from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a partner in the Truman National Security Project, an associate member of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C., a member of the National Press Club, and he holds a private pilot license.