Robin Brule, Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

TITLE: Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President at Nusenda

FOCUS AREAS: Education, Healthcare, the Arts, Environment and Wildlife, Community Services and Support

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PROFILE:  Robin Brule is senior vice president of community relations and assistant to the president at Nusenda Credit Union. She also runs the Nusenda Credit Union Foundation.

Living Cities shared the following information about her background:

Currently, Robin serves as the Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President at Nusenda Credit Union. In addition, Robin serves as an “executive on loan” from Nusenda to Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque, to help accelerate implementation and results in the areas of education, human services, economic and workforce development in her role as Chief Strategist for Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative. She was also the innovator and architect of Albuquerque’s successful selection by the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) for the special “Mayor-Governor” Initiative. The program will support 20 AmeriCorps members to act as Opportunity Coaches for students in the Running Start for Careers Program, providing wraparound supports and increasing students’ financial capabilities. Running Start for Careers is a coordinated public/private effort to decrease New Mexico’s high school drop-out rate while creating an integrated workforce system critical to our state’s sustainable economic success.
As Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President at Nusenda Credit Union, Robin works collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders and diverse constituent groups to bolster and improve educational and economic opportunities for New Mexicans. One of her notable accomplishments in this role includes the Ideas for Action Spotlight on Poverty award for the innovative Powering Success micro-assistance program that bundles short-term financial assistance and wraparound support services for disadvantaged students facing dis-enrollment from college. Powering Success has also been recognized as a promising practice for student persistence at the post-secondary level. In 2014, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions named her “Professional of the Year”.
Robin’s prior experience includes serving as strategic advisor to the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet. Established in state statute, the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet is comprised of 16 State Department Cabinet Secretaries, tasked with aligning, coordinating, and leveraging resources to maximize outcomes for children. In this capacity, her work was featured in the 2010 MIT article Government and Social Innovation as an effective model for leveraging and maximizing Federal and philanthropic funding to increase New Mexico’s economic vitality. Prior to this advisor role, Robin also served as Executive Director of the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Foundation. Through Robin’s leadership, CNM created the nationally recognized Center for Working Families initiative, which later evolved to become CNM Connect. The Center for Working Families initiative provides bundled services to low-income, first-generation college students to address non-academic barriers to educational success. Robin’s work garnered the CNM Foundation recognition that includes the 2007 Association of Commerce & Industry’s VIVA Award for Vision, Investment, Vitality and Action in the Community and a 2006 Ethics in Business Award.
In 2007, Robin was selected as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellow. Robin has been recognized locally and nationally for her work taking innovative ideas to scale and applying new tools and approaches to transform systems that serve vulnerable kids, families and communities. With a focus on measurable, results-driven, lasting improvements and outcomes, Robin has engineered, piloted, and scaled holistic, integrative, bundled service programs. She has testified before Congress on the role of financial capability, EITC, and IDA’s to promote youth and adult education, workforce and economic success, as well as alternative strategies and delivery systems to strengthen the uptake and integration of these programs. She has been recognized as a New Mexico Power Broker, a Woman of Influence, and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award. She served on Governor Richardson’s Poverty Reduction Task force and worked with NM Senators Bingaman and Domenici to improve legislation on savings mobilization and EITC outreach.

Learn more about Brule in the Albuquerque Business First article, “Day in the Life: Robin Brulé is spinning wheels, but not her own.”