Shirley Jenkins has served as a member of MCU’s Board of Directors since 1983. Ms. Jenkins was the first female President in the Board’s history, as well as the Board Secretary for more than 30 years, a position she currently holds. Ms. Jenkins also served as the Legislative Chair for a number of years, working with legislative leaders regarding credit union issues. Ms. Jenkins was instrumental in implementing youth programs at MCU, and serves on the Board of Trustees for employee pension plans.
After a long career of New York City service, Ms. Jenkins retired as a Director from Housing Preservation and Development in 1984. Ms. Jenkins was appointed to the National Directors Advisory Panel in 2006, and was inducted into the NYS Credit Union “Hall of Fame.” Ms. Jenkins was appointed to the New York Credit Union Foundation’s Board, and also is a founding member of the African-American Credit Union Coalition. Over the years, she has received many accolades and awards, including AACUC’s “Pete Crear Award.” Ms. Jenkins was also elected to the Credit Union Association of New York’s Board of Directors, representing credit unions with assets of more than $500,000. She has been involved in community and political affairs for over 60 years, and has received multiple honors in community service.
A graduate of the New Paltz Teachers College and the NYU and Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations, Ms. Jenkins has five children, and is a proud grandmother, great grandmother, and foster parent.