Press Release: ACA Hires Washington Insider Leah Dempsey to Serve as VP and Senior Counsel for Federal Advocacy


5/9/2018 9:30 AM

Dempsey brings deep knowledge of issues important to the accounts receivable management industry

ACA International CEO Mark Neeb on May 8 announced that Leah Dempsey has joined his team as vice president and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy.

“We are proud to welcome Leah Dempsey to our team of world-class professionals who work diligently to help members succeed,” Neeb said. “Leah is a skilled and accomplished attorney who holds a deep understanding of the legal advocacy, regulatory affairs, and Congressional issues that impact the accounts receivable management industry. Leah is well-known within Washington as an expert in consumer financial services issues, and a polished leader who will effectively represent the best interests of ACA International members.”

Dempsey previously served as the senior director of advocacy and counsel for the Credit Union National Association, where she led their Consumer Protection Advocacy Team. In this role, she advocated on behalf of the association before Congress and federal agencies that included the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) and the Federal Communications Commission. She started her career at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and served as ACA International’s legislative counsel during the creation of the BCFP. In this position and in previous roles at other financial services trade associations, Dempsey successfully led advocacy efforts surrounding numerous BCFP rules and related Congressional initiatives.

Dempsey earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware and her law degree at the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.

ACA International (ACA), the association of credit and collection professionals, is the largest membership organization in the credit and collection industry. Founded in 1939, ACA brings together third-party collection agencies, law firms, asset buying companies, creditors and vendor affiliates, representing tens of thousands of industry professionals. ACA produces a wide variety of products, services and publications, including educational and compliance-related information; and articulates the value of the credit and collection industry to businesses, policymakers and consumers. www.acainternational.org.

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