Buckham to Retire at End of 2012 after More Than 35 Years of Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 26, 2012) – National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz today announced the selection of Gail Laster as Director of the Office of Consumer Protection, a senior management position within the agency.
“Gail’s extensive background in consumer protection, community development and financial services makes her an ideal choice as the next Director of our Office of Consumer Protection,” said Chairman Matz. “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 succeeds Kent Buckham, who will retire at the end of the year after more than 35 years with the agency. She will start her new assignment Nov. 19.
“Kent has made many impressive contributions to NCUA over the last three decades, including most recently standing up the Office of Consumer Protection,” added Chairman Matz. “We will miss Kent’s dedication to NCUA’s mission, willingness to undertake challenging assignments and positive outlook, but I am confident Gail will pick up where Kent left off and take the Office of Consumer Protection to the next level.”
Laster joins NCUA from her position as a Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Financial Services Committee, where she has worked since 2007. Laster previously served as General Counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as Director of Governmental Relations for the Legal Services Corporation, and as Counsel to both the Senate Judiciary and Labor and Human Resources Committees. She also participated in drafting many of the consumer protection laws with which credit unions are expected to comply, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Laster is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University.
NCUA is the independent federal agency created by
the U.S. Congress to regulate, charter and supervise
federal credit unions. With the backing of the full
faith and credit of the United States, NCUA operates
and manages the National Credit Union Share
Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of more than
98 million account holders in all federal credit
unions and the overwhelming majority of
state-chartered credit unions. At
Pocket Cents, NCUA also educates the public on consumer protection and financial literacy issues.