MLA Places Rod Boddie as Congressional Federal Credit Union’s General Counsel

Hanover, MD (June 4, 2020) — Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s leading legal search firm, today announced the placement of Rod Boddie as general counsel for Congressional Federal Credit Union in Oakton, Va. The search was conducted by Deborah Ben-Canaan, parter and senior practice leader, Christie Babinski, director, and Kimberly Hulsey, director, of MLA’s In-House Counsel Recruiting group in Washington, D.C.

In this newly created role, Rod will serve as chief legal officer to Congressional Federal Credit Union (CFCU), overseeing both the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Compliance. He will report directly to the president and chief executive officer, Sean Zimmermann, and serve as a key member of the executive team, working alongside the corporate governance team. For over 65 years, CFCU has grown into a full-service financial institution with more than $1 billion in assets and 47,000 members across the country and around the world. CFCU serves the House of Representatives and Capitol Hill and is committed to helping the people who serve on Capitol Hill achieve their financial goals.

“Rod is the perfect fit for CFCU’s general counsel role, given his diversified financial knowledge, consumer lending and consumer facing regulatory background,” said Deborah Ben-Canaan. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for 25 years as he was my mentor while I was a summer associate at Miles & Stockbridge. He has an easy-going personality and is very skilled in navigating political waters and catalyzing change in authentic, non-disruptive way.”

“We are excited to have Rod Boddie join the credit union as general counsel. He brings an impressive level of expertise and a deep understanding of the financial services industry” says Congressional Federal Credit Union President & CEO, Sean Zimmermann.  “Making Rod part of our team will provide the credit union additional internal strategic insights. I am confident his contributions will be a valuable asset to the organization and our Member stakeholders.”

Rod is a seasoned legal professional who comes to CFCU after 17 years with Seneca One Finance, a specialty finance company, where he most recently served as general counsel and corporate secretary. During his tenure, he led Seneca’s legal activities, oversaw a 25-person legal and processing team, and managed outside counsel. He also held a senior counsel role at Winstar Communications and began his career as an associate with Miles & Stockbridge.

“Working as a candidate with Deborah, Christie, Kim and the team at MLA has been impressive,” said Rod.  “After they did their due diligence on me, they had a deep understanding of my skill set and what I was looking for in a new employer.  MLA gave me the type of insight on CFCU’s culture, operating performance, board of directors, and management team that enabled me to see that the company would be a great fit for me.  I’m glad CFCU agreed!”

Rod earned his J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law and his B.B.A from James Madison University.

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