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CFPB announces new senior leadership team additions

Richard Cordray

Richard Cordray

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced several new additions to its senior leadership team on Monday, including a new assistant director for legislative affairs and assistant director for the newly-created office of financial institutions and business liaison.

“I am very pleased to announce these updates to our leadership team as well as the creation of the office of financial institutions and business liaison,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said. “As the Bureau moves forward with its important work, we continue to build a strong, talented team and to enhance our outreach to all stakeholders involved in improving markets for consumers and responsible businesses.”

Dan Smith will serve as the first assistant director for the office of financial institutions and business liaison. Smith previously served as the director for industry and state relations at Freddie Mac and represented Fortune 500 companies as vice-president at Dehart and Darr Associates.

Smith holds a master’s degree in business administration and a B.A. in political science from Mt. Saint Mary’s University.

Catherine Galicia joins the CFPB as its new assistant director for legislative affairs. Galicia brings extensive experience with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in addition to private sector knowledge.

Galicia most recently served as senior counsel for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs under Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). She helped to draft the consumer protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law as counsel to then-Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).

Galicia received a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from Rutgers University.

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