Robert (Rob) S. Nichols

President and CEO, American Bankers Association

Rob Nichols is the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, which represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry.

Rob joined ABA in August 2015, following ten years at the helm of the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization. Before joining the Forum, Nichols was assistant secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs, a position requiring confirmation by the United States Senate.

Rob’s career highlights include service as communications director for the Electronic Industries Alliance; as communications director to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton and Press Secretary to the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, a former member of the House leadership; and in the West Wing as an aide in the Office of the Chief of Staff in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Rob is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also is consistently ranked as one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill and was recently described as one of the “new generation of trade group CEOs” by The Washington Post.

Rob is a graduate of the George Washington University. He is vice chair of the Board of Directors of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) which works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.