McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Melissa Palwick as Vice President, Consumer Lending Operations at Stanford Federal Credit Union. Melissa will be responsible for driving the growth of Stanford FCU’s consumer lending portfolio and focus on bringing a fintech-like digital end-to-end experience to the membership base by creating a frictionless member experience and through operational excellence in all phases of the loan origination process.

Melissa brings a foundation in consumer lending, coupled with deep experience in commercial banking. Prior to joining Stanford FCU, she led the consumer lending strategy at Golden1 Credit Union. She spent 20 years of her career with Bank of the West, split between the consumer and commercial banking businesses before joining San Francisco Federal Credit Union in 2018 where she led consumer lending and later took over as the Chief Experience Officer.  

Stanford Federal Credit Union is a Palo Alto, California-based Credit Union founded in 1959 and today has over $3.9 billion in assets, and 81,000 members. 

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull President Brandon Biegenzahn, Executive Recruiter Mary Heiman, and Research Associate Aaron Bennett.