Vega again in role of top staffer to (acting) NCUA chairman

Feb. 1, 2017 -- Sarah Vega, a former Illinois credit union regulator and NASCUS chairman, has been named chief of staff for NCUA Acting Chairman J. Mark McWatters.

Formerly director of the Illinois Department of Financial Institutions, and before that administrator of the department’s credit union division (the regulator of state-chartered credit unions in the state), Vega served as McWatters’ senior policy advisor since he joined the NCUA Board in August 2014. This is Vega’s second stint as chief of staff to an NCUA chairman; she was previously the top staffer to former NCUA Board Chairman Michael E. Fryzel.

Vega is also a former Chairman of NASCUS (1999-2000), after having served previously as a member of the board.

“Sarah has served NCUA and credit unions very well during her time at NCUA, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role,” McWatters said in a statement. “Having served as my Senior Policy Advisor for the last two and a half years, I am confident that she will remain an asset to my efforts as NCUA’s Acting Chairman. I continue to value her advice and perspective as we tackle the challenges ahead.”


NCUA press release: McWatters Names Vega as Chief of Staff