Who We Are 

We are credit union professionals and formerly incarcerated and LGBTQ+ community leaders passionate about ending discrimination in accessing mainstream financial services. Everyone deserves a fair chance, and no one should be automatically disqualified from obtaining services on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or past mistakes. 

Meet Diverge's Organizing Members 

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Linda Bodie
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CEO & Innovator,

Element Federal

Credit Union

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Guy Messick
he/him

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CEO, NACUSO Business Services; retired partner Messick, Lauer & Smith

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Spencer Watson
they/them

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Founder/Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research

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Evie Litwok
she/her

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Founder/Executive Director,

Witness to Mass Incarceration

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Nancy Eiden
she/her

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Founder, First Step Alliance;

Financial Services Consultant

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Thomas O'Shea
he/him

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Former CEO, Aspire Federal Credit Union;  Consultant

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Daniel Marquez
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Implementation Strategist, Corelation Inc.

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Ari Farell
they/Ari

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Program Analyst, Northwest Community Credit Union

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Joel Keyser 
he/him

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Board Member,

Hinda Institute

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Tyrone Hanley
he/him

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Director of Racial & Economic Justice, National Center for Lesbian Rights

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Shawanna Vaughn
 
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Founder/Executive Director,

Silent Cry Inc.

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Jeffrey Deskovic
he/him

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Founder/President, Jeffrey Deskovic

Foundation for Justice