The Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Brenda Carhart as Interim President/CEO of Empower Federal Credit Union effective March 11, 2022. Brenda has 38 years credit union experience and has been a longtime member of the executive team serving most recently as senior vice president and chief lending officer.

“The Board is thrilled Ms. Carhart has accepted this position as we continue to fulfill our mission to create lifelong financial relationships that positively impact the financial lives of our members,” said board chair Robert Cummings. “Brenda is a member-focused leader, who will continue to guide the credit union as we move into the future.”

“We are excited about the future as we begin this new chapter with Carhart at the helm and work through a comprehensive CEO search,” continued Cummings. “Her dedication and expertise have been key to the tremendous success the credit union has experienced to date, and we look forward to her continued guidance.” Her appointment comes following the retirement of John Wakefield.

“I am honored to continue the great work of serving our members and communities,” said Brenda Carhart. "The board, senior management team, and staff demonstrate an impressive commitment to providing exceptional products and services, while always striving to improve the financial well-being of our membership.”

Empower Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution that provides savings, loan, and transaction services to members. Main offices are located in Central New York. As a credit union, Empower FCU is a financial cooperative and is not-for-profit. For information about this release or credit union membership, contact Mary Wilson: 800.462.5000. Locations and other information can be found at