MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kinecta Federal Credit Union's Chairman of the Board, Darryl F. Johnson, has been elected to serve as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Johnson joins this prestigious and diverse group as its first credit union representative. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130213/LA59841) Governed by a 140-member Board of Directors, the L.A. Area Chamber works to shape the region through its strategic initiatives and advocacy efforts surrounding key issues facing Southern California. "We are extremely fortunate to have Darryl join our Board," said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "Given his extensive experience in L.A. area business, including his current Board Chair position at Kinecta Federal Credit Union, coupled with his strong commitment to serve the community, he is an ideal addition." Johnson, a retired aerospace executive, currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Kinecta Federal Credit Union. "I look forward to serving on the Board of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, where I can contribute to enhancing the region economically and culturally," said Johnson. "My ties are strong to Los Angeles and its businesses, schools and communities. Having the opportunity to give back in this way is an honor." Prior to retiring, Johnson held many leadership positions at Raytheon Systems Company (formerly Hughes Aircraft Company), including Director of Group Administration and Services and executive in charge of Enterprise Services. Born in Los Angeles to a military family, Johnson attended 16 different schools all over the world. He served with the U.S. Army and is a retired Colonel in the Army Reserves, formally attached to the 7th Special Forces Group, Ft. Bragg, N.C. He received a master's degree in Public Administration from Golden State University in San Francisco and earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Active in the community, Johnson has served as President of the Hughes Black Professional Forum, Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of America, Long Beach, Calif., Board Member of the African-American Unity Center of the Brotherhood Crusade of Los Angeles, and company Team Member for the United Way. He is active with the University of California at Los Angeles as former Chair of the Chancellor's Cabinet, former Chair of the UCLA Fund, Board Member of the UCLA Foundation, Member of the UCLA Board of Governors, Member of the UCLA Hall of Fame Committee, the Tri-Mentor Program, and was guest speaker to UCLA graduating seniors in 1990. Johnson is also involved with the Youth Motivation Task Force, Fulfillment Fund, Junior Achievement Program and the Special Olympics. In his spare time, he officiates college and high school football and basketball and is an avid golfer. About Kinecta Federal Credit Union – Kinecta Federal Credit Union (kinecta.org) is one of the nation's largest credit unions, with approximately $3.17 billion in assets; 21 branches; four retail mortgage centers; 43 Nix customer service centers and 12 Kinecta branches at Nix locations; and over 246,000 members nationwide. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Kinecta was founded to serve employees of Hughes Aircraft Company and now serves employees from Boeing Satellite Systems, Raytheon Systems Company, DirecTV and other select employer groups. Kinecta offers its members a full range of financial products through the Credit Union and its subsidiaries, Kinecta Financial & Insurance Services, and Kinecta Alternative Financial Solutions, dba Nix Financial (MyNixFinancial.com).