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ABA Names New Executive Director of Card Policy Council


Kirsten Sutton has been named senior vice president and executive director of the American Bankers Association’s Card Policy Council, the leading voice on legislative, regulatory and communications issues facing credit card issuers and payment card networks. Sutton comes to ABA from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she has been serving as the chief of staff for CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger. She will play a leadership role on card and payments system issues, advocating on behalf of ABA members engaged in this critically important industry segment when she joins the association on October 5.

“Kirsten’s deep understanding of consumer financial services policy and advocacy will be an asset as our industry continues to evolve to meet customers’ changing needs,” said Jess Sharp, ABA’s executive vice president of advocacy and innovation. “Her experience managing within complex, member-driven organizations and implementing strategic initiatives will serve her well in this important role.”

At the CFPB, Sutton advised Director Kraninger on policy and strategic priorities within the Bureau, initiated and facilitated cross-agency coordination with other regulatory agencies, and represented the Director in interactions with lawmakers and congressional committees, among other responsibilities. She also served as chief of staff for Acting Director Mick Mulvaney in 2018. Prior to her time at the CFPB, Sutton served as deputy staff director and staff director of the House Financial Services Committee under Chairman Jeb Hensarling.

A native of San Antonio, Sutton holds a B.A. in communications from Wheaton College.


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The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $24 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.9 trillion in deposits and extend $11.4 trillion in loans.

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