Kraninger names new members of senior staff at consumer bureau, replacing some

A shake-up of senior staff of the federal consumer financial protection agency was announced late Friday, as new Director Kathleen (“Kathy”) Kraninger took steps to make her own mark on the agency.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Friday that five persons would join her senior leadership team, in at least one case replacing staff put into place by former Acting Director John (“Mick”) Mulvaney.

In a release, the agency announced the new leadership team members are:

  • Marisol Garibay as acting chief communications officer. Garibay has 14 years of experience in policy communications focused on financial issues and served most recently as Senior Advisor and Acting Communications Director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Last listed in that position was John Czwartacki, who was chief communications officer and spokesperson (and appointed to the position by Mulvaney).
  • Andrew Duke as policy associate director for external affairs. Duke has 27 years of experience in public policy, including 20 years on Capitol Hill serving with three different members of Congress. He received his B.A. in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. (Last listed in that position was Anthony Welcher.)
  • Laura Fiene as west regional director. Fiene joined the CFPB at its inception in 2011. She brings over 31 continuous years of experience in regulating financial services companies, including 27 years dedicated to supervising and examining compliance with federal consumer financial laws and regulations. She graduated from Southern Illinois University. She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Delicia Reynolds Hand as deputy associate director for external affairs. Hand joined the bureau in 2012 and has 17 years of experience, having worked in consumer advocacy, community development, and on Capitol Hill. She holds a JD from the American University’s Washington College of Law, and MA from Cambridge University, U.K.
  • Lora McCray as director for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. McCray’s career includes 15 years of experience in diversity practice and management, most recently as the Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She holds an MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of Memphis; a JD from the University of Washington School of Law; and a BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia. The position at CFPB had previously been vacant.

CFPB Announces Changes to Senior Leadership