Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, 95.9 FM and WOL Live Stream on December 15, 10:30 am EST, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week, Vernon interviews R.L. Condra, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at National Cooperative Bank (NCB). R.L. Condra and Vernon will continue our discussion regarding how the mid-term election results may impact the cooperative landscape, and the importance of advocacy in the cooperative movement.
As Senior VP of Government Relations, R.L. is responsible for advocating for issues that directly impact NCB’s cooperative customer segments. Since joining NCB, he has advocated for cooperatives to have access to SBA lending programs, risk retention changes for cooperative housing, and the RCDG program for cooperative development centers. Mr. Condra serves as the advocacy chair for Cooperation Works, a national network of organizations and individuals working on co-op development and on the Interagency working group for cooperatives. In addition, he serves as Vice-Chair on the Consumer Federation of America Board of Directors and is on the board of the Food Co-op Initiative.
Prior to joining NCB, Mr. Condra was Vice President of Advocacy for the NCBA CLUSA and spent several years on Capitol Hill as a staff member on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition, and as Director of Congressional Affairs for the Delta Regional Authority. Mr. Condra earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas.