CFPB Names Key Senior Staff Positions


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Existing and returning staff join bureau’s leadership team with new director Rohit Chopra.

10/14/2021 8:30

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced leadership changes within the bureau following the swearing in of new director Rohit Chopra.

The bureau’s new deputy director is Zixta Q. Martinez, who will oversee the operations division.

Martinez joined the bureau 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.

Before coming to the bureau, Martinez was senior director of industry and state relations at Freddie Mac.

Additional new staff appointees include associate director for Consumer Education and External Affairs, chief of staff and chief technologist.

Karen Andre will serve as associate director for Consumer Education and External Affairs. Prior to joining the CFPB, Andre served in a number of government, campaign and private sector roles.

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. Most recently, Singelmann served as counsel for Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, where his work covered consumer finance and data privacy issues.

Erie Meyer is also 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, Meyer served as senior advisor to Chair Lina Khan for policy planning and chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission. She also served as technology advisor for Chopra when he served on the FTC.

Before Chopra’s confirmation, ACA urged the bureau to continue to engage with all stakeholders and hold industry and consumer group discussions to facilitate transparent dialogue, ACA previously reported.

 
“ACA will continue to engage frequently with the CFPB, while also advocating for fair, transparent and competitive markets for the ARM industry, in line with the bureau’s mission,” said Vice President and Senior Counsel, Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey.  
 
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. EDT Oct. 27: “Bringing Consumer Protection Back: A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” At this time, Chopra has not been confirmed to appear at the hearing, but it typically features testimony from the CFPB director.

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