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Mission Fed Credit Union Adds Respected Education Leader 
to Board of Directors
Oct 31, 2021

Mission Fed Credit Union Adds Respected Education Leader 
to Board of Directors

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For Immediate Release

Mission Fed Credit Union Adds Respected Education Leader 
to Board of Directors

Media Contacts:

Courtney Pendleton ([email protected]) – 714-926-8106
Vince Heald ([email protected]) – 858-717-1000

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 13, 2021 – Mission Fed Credit Union, the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County, has announced the appointment of Malliga Tholandi to its volunteer Board of Directors. Tholandi is a longtime and respected leader in the greater San Diego education community, making it a mutually-beneficial match that compliments Mission Fed’s roots as an education-based credit union.

Tholandi is as familiar with Mission Fed as she is with the San Diego community. Prior to her board appointment, Tholandi spent the last six years as a member of the credit union’s Supervisory Committee, including two years as Chair.

Prior to her retirement in June 2016, Tholandi spent more than 30 years in school business. Most recently, she served for five years as the Associate Superintendent of Business for the Poway Unified School District (PUSD), and was also the district’s CFO. Tholandi also served in four other school districts and at the San Diego County Office of Education as the head of the financial accounting department.

“We have immense gratitude for Malliga’s dedication to our organization, our members and our staff here at Mission Fed,” said Debra Schwartz, President and CEO at Mission Fed. “She is a high-level strategist who is very familiar with our organization and our community, and what we need to do to keep up with the changing needs of our members. Above all else, she is a delightful person. We are lucky to have her.”

Tholandi previously served on the Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board at the City of Poway, and PUSD’s district-wide foundation board. She is a member of the School Business Executives of Southern California, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Chief Business Official Certificate. She’s a proud recipient of the Advanced Gold Level in Communications from Toastmasters’ International public speaking platform.

In her own words, Tholandi said, “It’s the people that matter – that is how I’ve always led my teams and how I’ve supported organizations and communities. I’m fortunate to have worked previously with other Mission Fed board members during my education tenure, and that synergy will be applied to the continued success for Mission Fed’s members and staff. Ultimately, it’s about community success and we are focused on what’s important for our communities.”

Tholandi is a longtime resident of the Rancho Bernardo area. While enjoying retirement, Tholandi is committed to serving on boards and consulting.

About Mission Fed Credit Union

Mission Federal Credit Union (Mission Fed) is the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County. Mission Fed enhances the lives of its members through financial education and services, providing stability and strength to help San Diegans with financial wellness and success. Banking at Mission Fed means doing good for San Diego. Mission Fed gives money back to our local communities, has helped hundreds of nonprofits and important causes, and builds deep relationships with community partners.

Mission Fed has served the financial needs of San Diegans for 60 years through checking, savings, loans, credit cards and insurance offerings. Mission Fed has $5 billion in assets, more than 270,000 members, 33 convenient local branches, 30,000 fee-free CO-OP ATMs nationwide and free mobile and online banking services. Mission Fed was recognized as a 2020 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune and named a Top Workplaces USA winner in 2021. Federally insured by NCUA and Equal Housing Lender.

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