About Us

What we stand for

We understand that life doesn’t revolve around banking, but here, our banking revolves around you. That’s why at Stanford Federal Credit Union, you can DO MORE and BANK LESS.

As a not-for-profit credit union, we help you rid yourself of the typical bank hassles, fees and surprises.  That means you’ll enjoy lower interest rates on loans, higher rates on savings and investment accounts, low or no-fee accounts and more personal care. It’s your money — keep more of it to do more of what you want. That’s what we stand for at Stanford FCU.

Our History

Founded in 1959, Stanford Federal Credit Union was created by a group of Stanford employees to serve their banking needs. Today, we’ve grown into a $1.7 billion full-service financial institution owned and operated by over 50,000 members of the Stanford Community, including:

  • Stanford University faculty, staff, students, volunteers and Stanford Alumni Association members
  • Stanford Health Care
  • Stanford Children’s Health
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Over 100 local companies and their employees, including: Google, Facebook, Genentech, SAP, VMware and more. To see the full list, click here.

Stanford FCU was also the first financial institution to offer online banking, and we continue to be committed to making banking more convenient for all our members. We also focus on enhancing financial lives through education and counseling. Our Board of Directors is member-elected, and they selflessly serve without pay to help oversee all credit union operations.

YOU can bank at Stanford FCU!

If you want a banking experience that delivers lower home and personal loan rates, higher savings and investment rates, and leading-edge online and mobile access, Stanford Federal Credit Union is the financial banking choice for you. We’re a locally-owned financial cooperative, we provide friendly, professional personal service, and we offer convenient worldwide access.

Who banks at Stanford FCU?

We proudly serve the banking needs of individuals and families who comprise the Stanford community, and the employees and family members of over 100 select employer groups throughout the Bay Area.

Once you join Stanford FCU, you’re a member for life!

Once a member, always a member… so take us with you wherever you go. Our oline and mobile access make it easy for you to bank with us whether you are around the corner or around the world! We stand for convenience and we’re here to serve ALL of you banking needs now and in the future.

Your company can offer its Stanford FCU banking services as an employee benefit:

Employees of your company can benefit from:

  • Low cost loans personal loans
  • Savings and investment accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Online and mobile account access
  • And much more.

Check out the list of companies that currently offer Stanford FCU as an employee benefit. If your employer is not on the list, give us a call at (650) 842-6029 or email us at bd@sfcu.org. Join the group…you’ll be in good company.

Other ways to join:

Museum of American Heritage and Friends of the Palo Alto Library

If you do not fall within the Stanford community or one of our Select employer groups for membership eligibility, you can join the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) or Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL). MOAH and FOPAL offers Stanford FCU services as a benefit to their membership.

  • Membership to MOAH and FOPAL is open to anyone.
  • We will pay for the membership fee which supports these local non-profit organizations.
  • Start your MOAH or FOPAL membership at any Stanford FCU branch when you open your account!

If you’re not sure if you’re eligible to join Stanford Federal Credit Union, contact us at info@sfcu.org or call (650) 723-2509. We’re here to help!

Our Team

Standing together as a team

For more than 55 years, Stanford FCU has delivered financial expertise for members of any age — and it all starts with our team. From our Board of Directors to our member care representatives, we’re driven by a culture of forward-thinkers with a legendary tradition of being untraditional. Yet, individual care is never sacrificed at the hands of innovative banking. Our team serves members with credit union care that always puts members’ best interests first — something that banks simply can’t match.

Joan Opp, President and CEO
Joan Opp brings 15 years of executive level management and accounting experience to Stanford Federal Credit Union. Prior to joining Stanford FCU, Ms. Opp served as EVP/ CFO at Texas Trust Credit Union overseeing accounting, information technology, marketing and business services, as well as three Credit Union Service Organizations. Before joining the executive team at Texas Trust Credit Union, Ms. Opp was a partner with the CPA Firm of Clifton Gunderson, LLP. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
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Trent McIlhaney, SVP/CFO
Trent McIlhaney is responsible for financial management, risk mitigation, and monitoring the successful execution of the Credit Union’s strategies. In this role, he works closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Team and outside stakeholders to identify potential threats and opportunities for the organization. He also manages the Accounting, Finance, and Electronic Financial Services functions. Prior to arriving at Stanford Federal Credit Union, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bay Federal Credit Union, overseeing the Accounting, Finance, and Collections groups. Trent also served as Vice President of Finance and Internal Audit Director of Credit Union of Texas and as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP in Dallas, Texas. He holds both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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Brian Thornton, SVP/CLO Lending
Brian Thornton is responsible for Real Estate and Business lending at Stanford FCU. Mr. Thornton has been in the Real Estate industry since 1986 in a diversity of roles including loan origination, loan servicing, secondary marketing, business development and information services. Mr. Thornton joined the credit union in 1998. He holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University.
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Tyler Hardison, SVP/Chief Information Officer

Devoted in this industry since 2004, Tyler Hardison is a dynamic leader with a passion for credit unions and their members. His experience and talents allow him to provide strong, forward-thinking IT solutions to solve real life business problems. He has developed a proven track record for finding solutions to address almost impossible obstacles. In his previous position, Tyler was central to the success of the largest credit union merger in history. One of his many contributions to this $5 billion merger made it possible for two years of history to be loaded in a mere 2 hours. His current goals include creating the next generation of Credit Union IT platforms to interact with members in new and exciting ways. He also enjoys mentoring and challenging his staff to become agile, creative thinkers who aspire to excellence. His education includes UCSC Extension, Information Technology 2000-2009.Tyler’s specialties: Mergers and data acquisition, enterprise planning, hybrid cloud and data center architectures, leadership, mentoring, process improvement, disaster recovery, physical security, layered security and social awareness security.

Karim Hill, Chief Marketing and Retail Officer

Karim Hill joined Stanford Federal Credit Union in March 2015 as the Chief Marketing and Retail Officer. He brings over 15 years of executive level experience in sales, leadership, management, training and strategic planning to this position. He is a leader who has consistently exceeded the sales, operational and consumer lending goals of the financial institutions for which he has worked. His past employers include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Capital One and RBS Citizen, where he served in various capacities, including retail director, senior vice president, consumer market executive, region market president and district manager. Karim received his BA from Ohio University and his MBA from Florida International University.

Volunteers

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Jane S. Duperrault, Board Chair
Jane Duperrault is the Director of Finance & Administration for the Department of Anesthesia at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, Ms. Duperrault is the Director of Physician Practice Development for the School of Medicine. She joined Stanford FCU’s Board in 1989. Duperrault served as Treasurer until May 2000, when she became Vice Chair. Duperrault has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
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Dr. Frank Sarnquist, Board Vice Chair
Dr. Frank Sarnquist is an Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. He joined the faculty in 1976 and has had research interests in pharmacology and high altitude physiology. He has served as Medical Director of the Stanford Operating Rooms and as interim Chair of the Department of Anesthesia. He received an AB degree in Zoology from UCLA and an MD degree from UCSF.
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Tana S. Hutchison, Board Treasurer
Tana Hutchison has been serving as the Deputy CFO for SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory since June 2009. Prior to that, she had been Stanford’s Associate Controller since 1996. She joined Stanford in 1992 in Internal Audit where she served as Associate Director for Medical Affairs, covering the School of Medicine and Stanford Health Services. Previously, Ms. Hutchison, a CPA, worked for KPMG Peat Marwick for 14 years. Ms. Hutchison earned her bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Santa Clara University. She was appointed to the Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee in 1993 and joined the Board in 1997.
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Jerry L. Jobe, Board Secretary
In March 2007, Mr. Jobe retired from his position as Associate Director of Business Services at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Mr. Jobe joined SLAC in 1970. He was CFO at Analytec Limited from 1989 to 1993, and returned to SLAC in 1993. Mr. Jobe, served as an Officer and pilot in the U.S. Navy, and retired as a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
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Timothy R. Warner, Board Director
Timothy Warner is the Vice Provost for Stanford University. He has been a member of the Credit Union Board since 1989, previously serving as Chairman. Warner earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Stanford University.
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Curtis Feeny, Board Director
Curtis Feeny is a managing director of Voyager Capital in Menlo Park. Prior to joining Voyager, Mr. Feeny spent eight years as executive vice president at Stanford University, overseeing its endowment and the Stanford Management Company. He is a member of the credit union, and has served the credit union as a member of the board since 1995. In addition, he serves on the board of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE:NYSE), the world’s largest real estate services firm. Mr. Feeny has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Tandy Fellow and a Rockwell Scholar.
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Gregory L. Rosston, Board Director
Gregory L. Rosston is Director of the Public Policy program at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and Professor of Economics (by courtesy). He teaches Economics and Public Policy courses on competition policy and strategy, intellectual property, and writing and rhetoric. Dr. Rosston received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and his A.B. with Honors in Economics from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Rosston has written extensively on the application of economics to telecommunications issues. He has advised companies and governments regarding auctions in the United States and other countries and served as a consultant to various organizations including the World Bank and the Federal Communications Commission, and as a board member and advisor to high technology, financial, and startup companies in the areas of auctions, business strategy, antitrust and regulation.

The Supervisory Committee acts as liaison between the membership and management of the credit union. To correspond with the committee, send an email to supervisory_committee@sfcu.org.

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Peggy Wiley, Supervisory Committee Chair
Peggy Wiley was most recently the VP of Finance at Cellscape Corporation where she is currently consulting. Prior to that she was the Senior Associate Director of Audit and Institutional Compliance at Stanford where her primary audit focus was the Stanford Management Company which oversees endowment assets, trust assets and expendable funds. She was also responsible for coordinating compliance efforts across the University and held a key leadership role in the enterprise risk management process. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, Peggy held CFO and controller positions in a number of high technology, biotechnology and medical device companies in Silicon Valley. She also worked at Arthur Andersen & Company in both audit and tax. She earned her BA at Stanford and her MBA from SMU. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California.
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Desmond Low-Kum, Supervisory Committee Member
Mr. Low-Kum is Manager of Operational Risk Management and Compliance at the Stanford Management Company, which was established to manage Stanford University’s financial and real estate assets. Mr. Low-Kum was a Senior Audit Manager at Stanford University’s Internal Audit Department responsible for managing internal audit projects at Stanford Management Company (SMC), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER). Mr. Low-Kum is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Investments and Derivatives Auditor, an Associate of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He joined the University’s Internal Audit Department in November 1989, after working in internal audit in the S&L and mortgage banking industry in San Francisco, and public accounting (KPMG South Africa). Mr. Low-Kum has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University, South Africa, and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honors) from the University of South Africa. Mr. Low-Kum is a past president (1998-1999) of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control. He was appointed to the supervisory committee in 1997.
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Neil Hamilton, Supervisory Committee Member
Mr. Hamilton is the assistant Direct of Budget Planning in the University Budget Office at Stanford, where he manages the University’s forecasts for major revenue sources such as tuition and sponsored research. He also serves on the Budget Group, the committee of senior faculty and staff who advise the Provost during the university’s annual budget process. Prior to joining the Budget Office in 2009, Mr. Hamilton was the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and he has held other finance positions at the university since 1996. Mr. Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Stanford in 1997, and he served four years in the U.S. Army before attending college.
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Susan J. Kingston, Supervisory Committee Member
Susan Kingston is the Director of Faculty Compensation at Stanford’s School of Medicine. In this role, she leads the team responsible for all Faculty Compensation processes for 1,600+ faculty that staff the School of Medicine, Stanford’s Hospitals’ and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Before joining Stanford in 2007, Sue was the west coast partner-in-charge of KPMG’s International Executive Tax Services practice, which provided international tax services to 8,000 international assignees of west coast companies. Prior to that she worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers in the U.S. and Japan. She earned her BA in Business Administration at the University of Redlands and her Masters in International Business from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
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David MacKenzie, Supervisory Committee Member
David MacKenzie was born in Palo Alto and has lived in the area his entire life. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Oregon and has an MBA from the University of Utah. He received his CPA certification and has over thirty-five years experience as a member of the executive team of numerous organizations from early stage startups to multinational companies and local non-profits. He is a past President of the Palo Alto/University Rotary Club and has been a volunteer on various boards and committees at the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Cantor Arts Center.

In the Community

Stanford FCU is an active member of the Stanford community, and we’re proud to support local organizations to help make a difference. With over 50 sponsorships, educational programs and partnerships, our goal is to improve the lives of the people we serve.

Education

  • Funding of an endowed professorship for Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Science
  • Spouse Education – Bechtel International Center
  • Stanford Federal Credit Union Financial Education Seminars

Community Involvement & Program Sponsorship

  • Stanford Alumni Association
  • Stanford University Athletics
  • Friends of the Palo Alto Library
  • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
  • Children’s Health Council Summer Symphony
  • Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
  • Downtown Palo Alto Winter “Wonderland”
  • Museum of American Heritage – Vintage Vehicles & Family Festival
  • Stanford Pow Wow
  • Annual Cesar Chavez Commemoration
  • Stanford Cardinal Walk
  • Stanford Historic House & Garden Tour
  • Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk
  • Stanford University Employees’ Wellness Fair
  • Annual Bill Hewlett & Dave Packard Charity Golf Classic
  • Silicon Valley Brain Tumor Ride
  • Annual Summer Scamper – Benefiting Stanford Children’s Health
  • Racing Hearts 5K/10K Race – Benefiting Stanford Heart Research
  • The Palo Alto Apps Challenge
  • Party for the Planet – Acterra
  • Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament
  • Palo Alto May Fete Children’s Parade
  • Children’s Center of the Stanford Community Playfest
  • BASOC Celebrity Golf Classic
  • Canary Bike Ride for Cancer Research

Health & Human Services

  • Lucile Packard Children’s Foundation, Children’s Circle of Care – Recreation Therapy/Child Life Department’s Art on a Cart program, Preschool program, Forever Young Zone, and Recreation Therapy Fun Fund Sponsor
  • Children’s Health Council
  • Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Arts & Culture

  • Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
  • Concerts at Cogswell, Downtown Palo Alto

PlayFest 2015

May Fete Parade 2015

Cardinal Walk 2015

Connoisseurs Marketplace 2014

Moonlight Run 2014

Summer Scamper 2014

Palo Alto Concerts at Cogswell 2014

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