Get to Know Tarra Jackson


Interim President/CEO ~ Credit Union of Atlanta


Dover, Delaware

How long have you been in Atlanta?

Since June 2008

Name of your business … Title … What/who inspired you to get in the business … How did they inspire you?
Credit Union of Atlanta…Interim President/CEO… I have been in the financial services industry since I was in high school. I was inspired to advance within the industry when I won the Orator of the Year by the National Association of Urban Bankers, now Urban Financial Services Coalition. My mentors, who are Presidents of Credit Unions nationally, inspired me to further advance within the credit union movement.

What do you love about Atlanta?
I love Atlanta’s history and accessibility to connect with diverse professionals who are making things happen within Atlanta and nationally.

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far? (work related)
Helping Credit Union of Atlanta members meet their financial goals as well as developing CUA’s employees to be significant Movers and Shakers in the industry and in their community.

Favorite quote
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer

What is your hope for 2011?
Prosperity in Health, Family, Friendship, Professional & Community Connections, and Wealth

Do you do any charity work and if so, how do you contribute other than money?
I was the Board Chair of a high school pregnant and parenting teens program called DAPI (Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc.), where my mother attended when she was pregnant with me.

I love gadgets. Cell Phone, Computers, etc. Anything dealing with technology captures my attention. Can’t wait for the new iPhone for Verizon.

What was your major in college?
Business Administration

Where did you go to college?
Graduated from Strayer University, Washington DC 1999-2001. Attended CUES (Credit Union Executive Society) CEO Institute at Wharton Business School, PA 2007; Cornel University, NY 2008; and Darden University, VA 2009.

Favorite Georgia get-away
Callaway Gardens

Favorite dessert
Chocolate Lava Cake

Best advice you’ve ever been given
“Stop giving to takers and start giving to givers!  You’ll always feel fulfilled.”

The one thing everyone must know about doing business in Atlanta
Atlanta is full of options and opportunities.

What/who inspires you?
God’s favor, my son, and the prayers of my grandparents.

Awards, certificates, honors and recognition, degree(s)
Orator of the Year, National Association of Urban Bankers, Certified Chief Executive Designation, CUES, Financial Literacy Superstar ~ People You Need to Know Magazine

Books you’ve written
Two started but not yet published. Stay tuned.  😉

Organizations you belong to
African American Credit Union Coalition, Credit Union Executive Society, GA Credit Union Affiliates, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Military service
None, but I am a military brat.

Credit Union of Atlanta

Credit Union of Atlanta (CUA) originated in 1928 to serve the employees of the City of Atlanta. As with many Credit Unions, CUA is a not-for-profit, not-for-charity, but for service cooperative owned by all of its members. They offer a wide range of products and services to meet the financial needs of their members.

Contact the Credit Union of Atlanta today and discover new and easy ways to save more of your money!

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