BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On October 3, United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen L. Kraninger announced the appointment of Greenwood Village’s Brent Neiser to the position of Chair of the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) of the CFPB. His term will run through September 2020.
Neiser told The Villager, “I’m grateful that Director Kraninger has asked me to serve as the new chair of the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board for fiscal year 2020. Advisory Board Members act as a sounding board, listening post, and consumer/community/business radar for the Bureau’s leadership and divisions. As chairman, I will lead collaboratively as we advise and consult on Bureau functions and provide information on emerging practices in the consumer financial products and services industry, including regional trends, concerns and relevant future signals and drivers of change, including technology,”
The CFPB describes its mission this way: “We aim to make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole. We protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices and take action against companies that break the law.”
It goes on, “The CFPB was created to provide a single point of accountability for enforcing federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.” Its work includes:
Neiser, Senior Director of Strategic Programs and Alliances for the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), holds a Master of Global Studies in public diplomacy and international security with a certificate in homeland security from the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Affairs, along with an M.B.A. in corporate public affairs from the University of Louisville, an M.A in urban studies from Occidental College, and a B.A.in public affairs from George Washington University.
His work with the NEFE has been focused on developing financial education initiatives through unique collaborations with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and foundations nationwide. As director of collaborative programs for NEFE, Neiser created agreements with more than 85 national organizations comprising 120 projects on creative applications of personal financial issues and topics for their audiences. That effort resulted in nearly 200 products used in financial education s programs nationally including “Economic Survival Tips” during a recession. He was a delegate to financial opportunity working group of the Clinton Global Initiative America in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Originally appointed to the CAB in 2017 after being nominated by Esther George, president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Neiser was reappointed in 2018 by former Acting CFPB director and current acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Neiser grew up in northern Kentucky. He has lived in Colorado since 1985 and Greenwood Village since 1990, where he has served as chair of the GV Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission since 2011. He and his wife Marion, a former non-profit executive, adopted three special-needs children from the foster care system, who are now working adults.
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