ICU Foundation Perpetual Awards
Joyce Jackson Tribute (1994/2015)
As a token of profound appreciation, Joyce N. Jackson is being honored with a perpetual award. Through her example, Joyce has helped credit unions understand the true meaning of "people helping people."
This tribute is being made by Joyce's the many friends and associates to commememorate many years of devoted service she has given to her credit union family and community.
Her impassioned belief and active participation in preserving the credit union alternative in limited-income communities will always be her shining achievement.
Joyce has been involved with the credit union movement for almost 40 years. She was first introduced to credit unions when she became a board member for Michael Reese Hospital Employees Federal Credit Union. She became president of that credit union in 1984 and remained there for 13 years. While CEO at Michael Reese, Joyce was active on her Chapter board and was elected to the Illinois Credit Union League board where she served from 1990-1994. She also served two terms as Chairman of the League, LSC, Mid-States Corporate Federal Credit Union and CUPAC. In addition to her Illinois credit union duties, Joyce also served on the CUNA board from 1991-1994.
Joyce was instrumental in the formation of the Chicago Area Network of Credit Unions in the late 1980s that was created to focus on extending financial services within limited income communities.
In 1994 Joyce was appointed to serve as the Director of the Office of Community Development Credit Unions by NCUA Chairman Norman D’Amours. In this newly created position, she was responsible for interacting directly with the credit unions serving economically distressed communities. In that role, she pioneered the first national conference for credit unions serving the underserved and worked closely with the World Council of Credit Unions as an advisor to South African regulators and government agencies on the “People to People” program that highlighted the benefits of credit unions.
In 2000, Joyce became the CEO of First Continental Community Federal Credit Union in Landover, Maryland. She served as CEO of this faith based credit union until 2002 when she returned to Illinois to become a Regional Director. As a Regional Director, Joyce continued her commitment to faith based credit unions and those serving underserved communities. She has shared her dedication and knowledge with Illinois credit unions through training, onsite support, chapter and community involvement projects and myriad other programs. She has been an incredibly valuable resource.
Joyce has spent almost her entire life serving the credit union community in a wide array of roles. She is a dedicated, committed role model and mentor for many within the credit union movement.