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CFPB makes eight new hires for its top spots

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency recently filled eight of the bureau’s key senior leadership positions, including chief of staff and chief information officer.

“The CFPB needs highly-qualified staff, from those who are skilled in handling individual consumer complaints to experts in legislative and intergovernmental affairs to lawyers who are able to craft clear and precise rules,” Raj Date, the special advisor to the Secretary of Treasury on the CFPB, said. “Together with the CFPB staff already on board, these new hires will help us ensure that consumers have the information they need to make the financial choices that are best for them.”

Meredith Fuchs, the former chief investigative counsel of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, was tapped for the chief of staff spot. Before working in the House, Fuchs served as vice president and general counsel of the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

The CFPB’s assistant director for legislative affairs position went to Lisa Konwinski, the former deputy assistant to President Obama and deputy director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Konwinski also served on the Senate Budget Committee for more than 11 years.

Chris Willey is the CFPB’s new chief information office. Willey previously served as the deputy CIO at the Office of Personnel Management.

Other new bureau hires include Stephen Agostini as chief financial officer, Roberto Gonzalez as principal deputy general counsel, Rohit Chopra as the private education loan ombudsman, Sartaj Alag as the assistant director for consumer response and Nicholas Rathod as the director for intergovernmental and international affairs.

The CFPB has recently been criticized for hiring at salaries twice the maximum ordinarily allowed by the Office of Personnel Management.

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