Former communications lead at payday group now heads FDIC’s communications

Amy C. Thompson, most recently the principal communications advisor to the federal housing secretary and having previously led communications for a payday lender group, has been named director of the Office of Communications at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the FDIC announced Monday.

In her new role, Thompson will lead the agency’s internal and external communications initiatives, including planning and executing public affairs activities to promote understanding of the FDIC’s mission, objectives, and programs, the agency said.

Prior to joining the FDIC, the agency said, Thompson was Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she oversaw all external and internal communications, media relations, and stakeholder engagement efforts. She was also responsible for directing HUD’s disaster recovery communications, and was the principal communications advisor to the HUD Secretary. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and as Deputy Press Secretary at HUD, the FDIC said.

FDIC also notes Thompson’s experience in the private sector, which included serving as communications director for the Community Financial Services Association and, before that, managing public relations campaigns and executive speechwriting at Target Corporation in Minneapolis. The agency says Thompson also served as a communications advisor to Fortune 500 Companies at LEVICK, a D.C.-based public relations firm, where she specialized in crisis management, government regulation and corporate reputation.

Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Texas.

FDIC Names Amy C. Thompson as Director of the Office of Communications