Oct. 29, 2012 – Gail Laster, an attorney who helped draft the Dodd-Frank Act, has been tapped as NCUA’s director of the Office of Consumer Protection, agency Chairman Debbie Matz announced Friday.
Laster will take over from Kent Buckham, who retires at the end of the year. She joins NCUA on Nov. 19.
Most recently, Laster was deputy chief counsel for the House Financial Services Committee, a position she held since 2007. She participated in drafting consumer protection laws, including the Dodd-Frank Act and many others with which credit unions must comply. She has also served as general counsel to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, director of governmental relations for the Legal Services Corporation and as counsel to both the Senate Judiciary and Labor and Human Resources committees.
Matz said Laster brings an “extensive background in consumer protection, community development and financial services,” making her “an ideal choice” for the position. “She’s an expert in policy, understands how to work with an array of constituencies, and brings the kind of consumer-focused approach that is central to our mission.”
Laster graduated from the New York University School of Law and earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University.
Buckham was named NCUA’s first director of the OCP in November 2009.