Former CFPB deputy Leandra English named DFS ‘special policy advisor’

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The New York Department of Financial Services announced Tuesday that Leandra English, the former deputy director of the CFPB, has been appointed special policy advisor to DFS Superintendent Linda A. Lacewell.

English, who worked under former CFPB Director Richard Cordray, will manage the DFS’ portfolio of policy initiatives involving consumers, financial services and other issues, according to a Jan. 14 DFS press release. English will also spearhead the department’s policy development and analysis process and help identify common regulatory trends and risks across industries “to ensure DFS remains an active and effective protector of New York consumers,” the release stated.

“Her commitment to public service, knowledge of key consumer-facing financial products, and experience with managing a strategic policy creation and implementation process will help lead the Department’s consumer protection agenda for the benefit of New Yorkers and the state’s financial services industry, especially as Washington continues to step down from critical consumer protections,” Lacewell said in the release.

Among her numerous leadership roles during her tenure at the CFPB, English managed the agency’s day-to-day operations, with respect to the oversight, supervision, and regulation of the nation’s consumer finance market. In addition to being deputy director, English served as chief of staff and deputy chief operating officer and was an early member of the CFPB implementation team during the Obama Administration, according to the release. She was also the principal deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and held senior roles at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Department of the Treasury.

English was most recently director of financial services advocacy for the Consumer Federation of America in Washington D.C., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education.

New York Credit Union Association President/CEO William J. Mellin released the following statement on the DFS hiring of English:

“Leandra English brings a wealth of government, consumer and financial policy experience to the DFS. She is someone who clearly understands the unique structure and mission of credit unions, as well as the important role credit unions serve in the consumer financial space. On behalf of New York’s credit unions, I congratulate both Ms. English and the department on this new position. We look forward to working with Ms. English as we continue our already strong relationship with the DFS and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.”

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