Jack Lawson

President & CEO

Clearwater Credit Union

Jack Lawson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Credit Union, a $975 million credit union located in Montana. Clearwater is Montana’s second largest credit union and its largest Treasury Department certified CDFI. The credit union’s 185 employees serve 59,000 members from 7 offices in Western Montana.

Prior to joining Clearwater, Jack worked for 5 years as a Chief Operating Officer at Self-Help Federal Credit Union, a nationally recognized community development lender with operations in North Carolina, California, Florida, and Chicago. Prior to working at Self-Help, he spent about 10 years at Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, working first as the credit union’s founding organizer and then as its Chief Executive Officer. In other moments in his career, Jack has also been a carpenter, a logger, a slate roofer, and a land use planner. He holds a BA in Biology (University of Vermont), an MA in Development Studies (University of London, SOAS), and an MPhil in Economics (Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research).

Jack is a member of the board of directors of Inclusiv, the Missoula Economic Partnership, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, Montana’s Credit Unions, and the Montana Native Homeownership Coalition. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife, Sasha Bell, and their daughter, Bebban Lawson.

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