WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced several changes and new additions to the Bureau’s senior leadership, including the Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs and the Assistant Director for the newly-created Office of Financial Institutions and Business Liaison. This office will connect the CFPB with bank and nonbank trade associations, financial institutions, and businesses to enhance collaboration and communication as the Bureau continues in its work to make markets more accessible and efficient for consumers.
“I am very pleased to announce these updates to our leadership team as well as the creation of the Office of Financial Institutions and Business Liaison.” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “As the Bureau moves forward with its important work, we continue to build a strong, talented team and to enhance our outreach to all stakeholders involved in improving markets for consumers and responsible businesses.”
The following individuals were announced today as joining the CFPB leadership team:
Dan Smith will serve as the first Assistant Director for the newly-created Office of Financial Institutions and Business Liaison. Mr. Smith comes to the CFPB having previously served as the Director for Industry and State Relations at Freddie Mac. Prior to working at Freddie Mac, Mr. Smith represented Fortune 500 companies as Vice President at Dehart and Darr Associates for 15 years. Mr. Smith received a Master’s in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Smith lives in Virginia with his wife and daughter.
Catherine Galicia will serve as the new Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs. Ms. Galicia comes to the CFPB with extensive experience in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well as in the private sector. Most recently, she served as Senior Counsel for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs under Chairman Tim Johnson. She helped draft the consumer protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law as a counsel to then-Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd. Previously, Ms. Galicia served as a Vice President and Director of Government Affairs at Banco Popular in Washington, D.C. Over the years, Ms. Galicia has also served on the staff of Senator Evan Bayh, Congressman James Maloney, and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. Ms. Galicia received her B.A. in History from the University of Connecticut, and her J.D. from Rutgers University.
The Bureau is also announcing today some additional changes to CFPB staff:
Lisa Konwinski previously the Bureau’s Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs, will now be serving as its Deputy Associate Director for External Affairs. Ms. Konwinski joined the Bureau in 2011 after serving as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for President Obama. She was previously General Counsel for the Senate Budget Committee under Chairman Kent Conrad, and also worked for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in the House of Representatives. Prior to that, she was an attorney at the law firm of Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she practiced commercial litigation. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Hubert “Skip” Humphrey will transition from his role as Assistant Director in the Office of Older Americans to remain with the Bureau as a Senior Liaison Officer. As Senior Liaison he will focus in particular on expanding the Office’s efforts to build strong working relationships with state, local, public and private organizations and continue to highlight the work of the Older Americans office and the Bureau. He brings to this new role as Senior Liaison Office his lifetime of experience working on the consumer financial issues that impact older adults. His new role will also allow him the time to be with family and friends in his native Minnesota.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. For more information, visit consumerfinance.gov.