Alternatives Federal Credit Union names Eric Levine as new CEO.

ITHACA, NY October 23, 2018 — Following a vigorous national search, Alternatives Federal Credit Union announced the hire of Eric Levine, Esq. as Chief Executive Officer. Levine, who joined the credit union as its first in-house attorney in 2005, has served as acting CEO since June 2017.

“Eric has been an invaluable contributor to the institution’s success and a tireless champion of its mission to build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities. As acting CEO since June 2017, he has continually demonstrated excellence as a leader who embraces and uplifts Alternatives’ cooperative culture of inclusion for all members and staff, including leading the collaborative creation of the credit union’s ambitious new strategic plan,” according to Alternatives’ Board President, Ariana Blossom.

The CEO search committee comprised members of Alternatives’ Board of Directors, staff and former staff, worked with Erickson-Pearson Search to conduct a national review of candidates for the position. “This process underscored how uniquely positioned Eric is to build on Alternatives’ history of innovation and lead the credit union’s growth in the years to come,” noted Blossom.

“I am immeasurably honored and ecstatic that the Alternatives Board has chosen me to lead the credit union into its next era. We are excited to strategically grow capacity to deliver our mission and serve the community through a collaborative process between our inspiring staff, board, and membership,” commented Levine.

Levine is a graduate of Binghamton University with B.A. in Philosophy and New York Law School. Since 2008, he has also served as an elected Councilperson on the Ithaca Town Board and has been the chair of its Budget and Finance Committee. Levine has a daughter, Sydney and three sons, Declan, Caleb and Owen.

Alternatives Federal Credit Union is a non-profit Regional Community Development Credit Union (CDCU). A CDCU is a credit union with a mission of serving low and moderate-income people and communities. CDCUs are committed to providing access to safe financial services and education for underserved people. With 10,314 members and 48 staff, Alternatives provides the financial tools people need to lead successful lives. We offer practical, participatory learning programs, are committed to the Living Wage, fair interest rates, and smart credit options that help members build credit while they pay down debt.

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