John J. McKechnie, III

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John McKechnie joined Total Spectrum as a Partner in 2011.  This follows five years in government as the Director of Public and Congressional Affairs at the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the federal agency that regulates and insures credit unions.

McKechnie’s career in the credit union industry began in 1987, as the Director of Political Action with the Credit Union National Association – the industry’s largest trade association – and culminated as the chief federal lobbyist for CUNA.

Among the highlights of his tenure at CUNA was John’s role in creating the nationwide grassroots campaign that created the momentum for passage of the landmark 1998 credit union membership legislation.  McKechnie is also recognized for his work in passing bankruptcy abuse prevention legislation in 2005, and for propelling CUNA into the front ranks of Washington’s advocacy groups.

He left the private sector in 2006, when he became a Presidential appointee to the National Credit Union Administration. As Director of Public and Congressional Affairs for NCUA, McKechnie was responsible for media and congressional relations for this federal financial regulator during the recent economic dislocation.  He was instrumental in the formulation and passage of key legislation that enabled the credit union industry’s federal insurance fund to remain solvent and stable, and also was the day-to-day manager of a multi-media campaign that netted over $5 million in donated advertising for NCUA.

Prior to joining the Credit Union National Association, McKechnie served as a congressional aide to Representative Stan Parris (R-VA), and as press secretary or organizational director for a number of gubernatorial and legislative campaigns throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

He is a 1983 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, and he resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his son.