Consumer bureau adds five to executive posts, including supervision

Five individuals have been named to executive-level posts in divisions responsible for supervision, research, consumer education, and more at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the bureau announced Wednesday.

The bureau provided the following:

Karla Carnemark will serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff. She has more than 20 years of experience in public service, project management and government affairs, the bureau said, and has worked with senior-level government executives from the federal departments of defense, commerce, and transportation. She also served on Capitol Hill on the staff of the former Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio). Carnemark received her B.A. from Lynchburg College.

Bryan A. Schneider will serve as Associate Director in the Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending Division. Schneider most recently served as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the bureau noted, and worked for the Walgreen Co. for 15 years in numerous capacities, from divisional vice president and assistant general counsel to senior attorney. He earned a B.S. in accounting from Trine University, an M.B.A. from DePaul University, and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Desmond Brown will serve as the Deputy Associate Director for the Consumer Education and Engagement Division. Brown, the bureau said, has more than two decades of experience working with national and local organizations to increase financial well-being and economic opportunities for consumers. He first joined the CFPB as a program specialist for the Office of Financial Empowerment in 2012. He earned his Masters of Policy Management from Georgetown University and his B.S. in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University.

Jason Brown will serve as Assistant Director for Research. He has 16 years of federal service, most recently as associate commissioner in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics at the Social Security Administration. Prior to this appointment, he served in numerous capacities as an economist at the Department of the Treasury. Brown earned his B.A. in Economics from Texas A&M University and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

Ren Essene will serve as Chief Data Officer. Essene has served at the bureau in a number of capacities since 2011. She previously worked at the Federal Reserve; the bureau noted that her career in information management and housing issues spans over 25 years. Essene earned her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.