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Jeff Hardin

Department: Cooperative Initiatives
Title: Director of Cooperative Initiatives
Phone: 800-822-8859, ext 563

As Director of Cooperative Initiatives, Jeff works to build relationships and foster a strong sense of community among credit unions in the Carolinas, and to strengthen connections with other cooperatives throughout both states. He directs the CUaware Protégé Mentor program, a program that pairs young professionals or professionals in a career transition or crossroads with a mentor from another credit union for one year. Jeff also provides support to the chapter & CUaware system in the Carolinas.

With years of experience in communications, Jeff also helps credit unions share the stories that make them unique in the financial services marketplace. In this role, he is author of the Seven Principles Blog on

A proud Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), Jeff works with a volunteer network of CUDEs in both states to raise awareness of and appreciation for the history, principles, and philosophy of credit unions and cooperatives. CUDEs work cooperatively to host the Principles and Philosophy Conference each year, and collaborate on service projects to benefit credit unions and their members. In his spare time, Jeff volunteers for Orange County Living Wage in Carrboro-Chapel Hill, NC, and serves on the board of directors of the North Carolina Cooperative Council. He enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, especially in the mountains.
Contact Us


1000 Saint Albans Drive
Suite 325
Raleigh, NC 27609

800-822-8859 Phone
919-573-0474 Fax


7440 Broad River Road
Irmo, SC 29063

PO Box 1787
Columbia, SC 29202

800-822-8859 Phone
803-732-4268 Fax