Paula Stopera joined CAP COM Federal Credit Union in 1980 and was promoted through the organization to her current position of President/CEO in 2004. Paula also holds the position of Treasurer on the CAP COM FCU Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Managers of The CAP COM Group (subsidiaries of CAP COM Federal Credit Union).
With a passion for assisting those in need, by partnering with community organizations, Paula was instrumental in creating The CAP COM Cares Foundation whose purpose is to nurture our community by supporting community health and wellness, financial literacy and education, as well as children and underprivileged families. Since its inception in 2003, the CAP COM Cares Foundation has provided over $3.5 million dollars to organizations who are making a difference in the Capital Region.
Paula currently serves as a Board Member and Incoming Chair for the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. Paula was a recipient of the Chamber’s Women of Excellence Awards as well as the 2011 recipient of their Arthur Kapner Spirit Award. Paula is also a past recipient of The “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award – Corporation” from Girls, Inc. as well as the Hudson Valley Community College Otto V. Guenther Career Achievement Award. Most recently she was awarded the YMCA’s President’s Award, as well as the Mary E. Brizzell Building a Senior Community Award. In addition, she was selected as Professional of the Year by The Credit Union Association of New York and began a term in October, 2017 to the Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.