The Federal Reserve Board named ten new members to its Consumer Advisory Council for three-year terms and designated a new Chair and Vice Chair of the Council for 2001.
The Council advises the Board on the exercise of its responsibilities under the Consumer Credit Protection Act and on other matters in the area of consumer financial services. The Council meets three times a year in Washington, D.C.
Lauren Anderson was designated Chair; her term runs through December 2001. Ms. Anderson is Executive Director for Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, Inc. in New Orleans, LA. Previously, she was a project manager for the Department of Housing and Economic Development for Jersey City, New Jersey, and a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Dorothy Broadman was designated Vice Chair; her term on the Council ends in December 2002. Ms. Broadman is Senior Vice President of Cal Fed Bank, FSB, in San Francisco and is Manager of the bank's Community Development Department. Previously, she held positions at Citibank and Wells Fargo.
The ten new members are:
Anthony S. Abbate
Mr. Abbate is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Interchange Bank. The bank has a diverse market and is currently involved in several affordable housing programs. Mr. Abbate is a frequent speaker and author and has addressed staff motivation, the merger activity in the banking industry, and the importance of technology for small financial institutions. Mr. Abbate has been active in community and banking organizations, including the Commerce and Industry Association, the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey, and the Independent Community Bankers of America. He has received many awards and recognition for his years of community service.
Manuel Casanova, Jr.
Mr. Casanova, a Certified Public Accountant, has been Executive Vice President and Director of International Bank of Commerce - Brownsville for six years. He is responsible for the lending, international, and compliance departments. Previously, he worked as a bank examiner for the Office of the Controller of the Currency. Mr. Casanova is active in community and professional organizations and serves on the boards of the Community Development Corporation and the Brownsville Local Development Council. He is secretary and past Chairman of the Greater Brownsville Multi-Bank CDFI and a regional Vice-Chairman of the National Bankers Association.
Constance K. Chamberlin
Ms. Chamberlin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Richmond, Inc. She was a founding member and served as President of the National Fair Housing Alliance. She serves on the Subcommittee on Increasing Minority Homeownership of the Virginia Housing Study Commission (an arm of the Virginia General Assembly), and has been active in many other groups concerned with increasing access to housing, including the Virginia Homeownership Partnership Executive Committee and the Fair Housing Working Group of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is particularly knowledgeable about redlining, fair lending, and homeowners' insurance issues.
Since 1989, Mr. Jarolimek has been Vice President and Corporate Compliance Officer for Community First Bankshares. He is responsible for a comprehensive compliance program for all corporate affiliates. He has been active in the American Bankers Association, having served as chair of the Compliance Executive Committee, as a past member of the Institute of Certified Bankers Advisory Board for Complaince Certification, and is a current member of the Advisory Board for the ABA National Compliance Schools. He has provided testimony for the Federal Reserve Board and Housing and Urban Development related to the Truth in Lending Act, and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.
J. Patrick Liddy
Mr. Liddy is the Vice President and Director of Compliance for Fifth Third Bancorp. Mr. Liddy is responsible for bank and trust compliance for the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida banks and for the Arizona Thrift. He reconciles bank practices with numerous federal and differing state laws and regulations. Other areas of focus for Mr. Liddy are compliance training, consumer issues, and regulatory simplification. Mr. Liddy is active in community organizations such as the Cincinnati area United Way and the Fine Arts Fund of Cincinnati.
Park Ridge, IL
Mr. Marquis is Counsel for the Privacy and Data Protection Group of the Hunton and Williams Law Firm. Previously, Mr. Marquis was Vice President and General Counsel of Trans Union for over 15 years. He was responsible for all legal, government, and public affairs matters. He directed and managed all functions of the Law Division and was involved in all major company strategic and business decisions and business initiatives. Mr. Marquis is an expert in privacy, credit, and credit reporting legislation and regulations. He has provided testimony before House and Senate committees, has represented the company on radio and television programs, including Nightline. He also speaks frequently to industry and consumer groups.
Kansas City, MO
Ms. Pierce is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mazuma Credit Union. She is knowledgeable about community reinvestment, consumer protection regulations, and financial services. She has served as chair and member of the board of the Missouri Credit Union League and as Chairman of the Board of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Ms. Pierce has worked with the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, the Concerned Clergy Coalition and others to promote and support financial literacy and greater access to credit for low-to moderate-income borrowers. This year she received the Credit Union's Herb Wegner Award for Individual Achievement.
Ronald A. Reiter
San Francisco, CA
Mr. Reiter is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice's Consumer Law Section. He is knowledgeable about federal and California consumer credit and protection legislation and regulations. He has drafted legislation protecting consumers, has litigated consumer protection cases, and has been a leader in developing procedures for defending foreclosure actions in California. Mr. Reiter has served as member and chair of the State Bar of California's Consumer Advocacy and Consumer Financial Services Committees.
Since 1996, Ms. Renuart has been Staff Attorney for the National Consumer Law Center. She represents the interests of low-income consumers at trial, in the appeals courts, and before Congress. She has also authored reports and articles on consumer credit and has taught consumer law to legal services and private consumer attorneys. Based on her knowledge and understanding of credit laws and policies, Ms. Renuart is considered an expert in consumer credit litigation. Ms. Renuart's has worked for legal service organizations since 1977.
Frank Torres, Jr.
Mr. Torres is the Legislative Counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Consumers Union. He is responsible for advocating for consumer before Congressional agencies, and the Federal Reserve Board on issues related to financial services. Mr. Torres' areas of expertise include access to financial services, privacy, subprime lending, electronic commerce, consumer credit, and mortgage lending policy. Previously, he served as the Director of the Governor of Guam's Washington Liaison Office.
Council members whose terms continue through 2001 are: