Consumer financial protection agency names four to leadership posts

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The federal agency charged with consumer financial protection on Wednesday announced four individuals named to the senior posts of deputy director, associate director for consumer education and external affairs, chief of staff, and chief technologist.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provided the following details on each appointee:

  • Zixta Q. Martinez will serve as deputy director. Martinez, the bureau said, will oversee the operations division. Martinez joined the CFPB in 2011 to help lead the implementation team and has since served as senior advisor for supervision, enforcement and fair lending; associate director for external affairs; and assistant director for the Office of Community Affairs. Previously, the bureau said, she was senior director of industry and state relations at Freddie Mac, director at the National Fair Housing Alliance, legislative staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., housing policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, and associate staffer at the Housing and Community Development Subcommittee of the House Banking Committee (now House Financial Services Committee). She is a graduate of Yale College, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Miami School of Law.
  • Karen Andre will serve as associate director for consumer education and external affairs. Andre most recently was special assistant to the president for economic agency personnel within the Executive Office of the President. She worked on President Joe Biden’s (D) 2020 campaign team, including as a senior advisor for national faith outreach. She later served on Biden’s presidential transition team as the COVID engagement team lead. She also previously served as White House liaison for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Andre received her B.A. from Florida International University and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.
  • Jan Singelmann is returning to the CFPB to serve as chief of staff. Singelmann previously served as senior litigation counsel in the CFPB’s Office of Enforcement and most recently served as counsel for Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), where his work covered consumer finance and data privacy issues. Singelmann received his B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Erie Meyer is returning to the CFPB to serve as chief technologist. Meyer served on the implementation team that launched the CFPB and became a founding team member of the bureau’s Office of Technology and Innovation. Most recently, she served as senior advisor to Chair Khan for Policy Planning and Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, and as then-Commissioner Chopra’s Technology Advisor. Before serving at the FTC, she launched the U.S. Digital Service in the White House. Meyer has also served as senior director for Code for America and senior advisor to the White House’s chief technology officer. Meyer is co-founder of Tech Ladymafia and is a recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Fellowship, during which she researched the intersection of open data, journalism, and civic life. Meyer is a contributor to open source software and received her B.A. in journalism from American University.

CFPB Names Key Senior Positions