Steven L. Dahlstrom


Steven L. Dahlstrom began his illustrious credit union career in 1978 with Montana’s Missoula Federal Credit Union (now Clearwater CU). Fresh out of college, he swiftly moved into a managerial role within three months, steering the struggling credit union through a challenging period.

In 1980, he relocated to Spokane, Washington, and became a senior vice president at Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU). He held this position until 1991, when he was promoted to CEO, a role he retired from in December 2010.

Post-retirement, Dahlstrom established S. L. Dahlstrom Consulting, specializing in Strategic Planning, Executive Coaching, and Business Development. He also served as a Consultant for CU Breakthrough, the consulting division of INCLUSIV (formerly the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions).

Under Dahlstrom’s stewardship, STCU’s assets escalated from a modest $20 million in 1980 to nearly $1.5 billion, making it Eastern Washington’s largest credit union. Organized in 1934, STCU served 92,000 members by 2010.

A stalwart in the credit union movement, Dahlstrom chaired boards, including the Financial Service Centers Cooperative, Inc. (FSCC) and the Educational Credit Union Council (ECUC), and was a Credit Union National Association (CUNA) board member.

As CEO, Dahlstrom contributed significantly to his community, chairing the Eastern Washington University Foundation, the Spokane Workforce Development Council, vice-chair of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and a board member of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

His illustrious career garnered recognition, including the Washington Credit Union League’s, Distinguished Credit Union Professional Award, and the Chairman’s Award for Political Involvement. In 2005, the Society of Human Resource Management named STCU “One (7th) of the 25 Best Medium Companies to Work for in America.”

Dahlstrom, a University of Montana graduate, also holds an MBA from Eastern Washington University.
He can be contacted via email at [email protected]. For more information, visit his website at