Lehrer hopes to bring a similar attitude to other policy areas such as entitlement reform and credit union deregulation.
REI is, in fact, a cooperative owned by its members—much like, say, the Park Slope Food Co-Op, or a credit union, or a kibbutz.
Yet the credit union National Association singled out Christian for the impact she is having on its member institutions.
“This feels like walking into my credit union only to find out it was bought by Bank of America,” one said.
The credit union National Association, a D.C.-based advocacy group, recently surveyed 5,000 credit unions across the country.
A credit union may be organized by any seven or more persons with a share capital the par value of which shall not exceed $25.
An organization formed by employees of a company or institution to make personal loans at low interest rates to all employees of that company or institution.