Photo – Ellen Ford (right) – CEO, People’s Credit Union

People’s Credit Union CEO, Ellen Ford, was recently recognized with the Sandra J. Pattie Distinguished Leadership Award at the New England Women in Banking Conference held at The Hotel Viking in Newport. The Conference is the premier event in New England focused on providing women in the banking and credit union professions with a leadership forum.

The Sandra J. Pattie Distinguished Leadership Award honors women who have made outstanding contributions to the banking landscape in New England. Ellen received the award in recognition of her role as a business leader and community advocate. Ellen holds over 35 years of experience in the banking industry and has held various positions of increased responsibility during her career, being appointed President and CEO in 2002.

Ellen served on the Board of Directors of the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island from 2004 to 2014. During that time, she served as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Board. She participated as a member of the decision making body during the merger and creation of the three-state Board for the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA). She was also elected to serve on the CCUA Board of Directors and currently serves as Board Chair.

In addition, Ellen is a member of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Risk Committee for COCC, a financial services technology provider located in Connecticut. She also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors of the Robert Potter League for Animals, a non-profit organization in Portsmouth, RI.

People’s Credit Union’s President, Amy Martel, notes, “Ellen works extremely hard on behalf of our members, our employees, and the community. She believes in the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” and has been a role model for women in finance not only because of her career success at People’s but also due to her consistent efforts to give back to the community.”

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