Acting comptroller names chief of staff with six-month tenure at agency

Lauren Oppenheimer is the chief of staff to the leader of the national bank regulator, the agency said Tuesday, advancing after joining the staff just six months ago.

According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Acting Comptroller Michael J. Hsu, Oppenheimer joined the agency in July and “quickly became a trusted advisor and valued counsel for me and the Executive Committee,” according to a release.

At the OCC, Oppenheimer will advance the priorities of the acting comptroller, direct the daily operations of the acting comptroller’s support staff, provide administrative oversight to the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), oversee the range of public affairs functions, and serve as a member of the OCC Executive Committee.

Before joining the agency (on a detail, according to the OCC), she was director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Commerce. She also previously served as senior advisor for economic policy for former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and minority staff director for the Senate financial institutions and consumer protection subcommittee.

Oppenheimer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in global economic history from the London School of Economics.

Hsu has been acting comptroller since May. President Joe Biden (D) had nominated Saule T. Omaraova to a full, five-year term in the post. However, Omarova, facing strong opposition from the banking industry and Republican senators, withdrew here nomination Tuesday.

Lauren Oppenheimer to Serve as Chief of Staff to the Acting Comptroller