Women in Finance 2020


Debra Schwartz


  President and CEO - Mission Federal Credit Union San Diego

Debra is an experienced credit union executive with more than 25 years of FInancial services leadership. The culture Schwartz has instilled at Mission Fed since becoming President and CEO in 2008 prioritizes member service and capitalizes on new opportunities. Under Debra’s leadership, Mission Fed has seen 66 percent growth in assets and 42 percent growth in membership — now totaling $4.5 billion and more than 259,000 members.

Debra is dedicated to providing high-quality financial and related services to meet the needs of the credit union’s growing and diverse membership, as well as to Mission Fed’s role as a local community partner of choice.

Throughout her career, Debra has volunteered her time and talent to a variety of nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves as Board Chair of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) and also heads NAFCU’s Regulatory Committee. She has excellent relationships with regulators from the local to national levels. Schwartz chaired NAFCU’s Investment, Awards and Memberships Committees and served on its Regulatory Committee and Region V Advisory Committee. She is also Board Chair of Junior Achievement of San Diego County and serves as Vice Chair for the American Heart Association. During the current environment of the COVID Pandemic, Debra has ensured that Mission Fed remains well stabilized to avoid staff layoffs, furlough, or branch closures. Under her leadership, Mission Fed has implemented Skip-A-Pay for members who may be laid off or have a reduction in pay during COVID.

Contact Debra at www.missionfed.com/mission-news/message-ceo