Ellen Lazar was
appointed Senior Advisor to the Chairman for Consumer Policy at the FDIC
in June 2009 following a far-reaching and distinguished career, spanning
three decades, focused on consumer protection, with particular expertise
in community development and affordable housing nationally and in the
Washington, D.C., area.
Ms. Lazar advises
FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg on a variety of consumer issues,
policies and programs, including the legal and policy aspects of FDIC
activities related to community development, affordable housing and
consumer protection. She is also the lead advisor to Acting Chairman
Gruenberg on issues before the FDIC’s Advisory Committee on Economic
Inclusion – whose goal is to expand access to banking services by
underserved populations – and oversees the development of policy
proposals to implement Committee recommendations.
Prior to her FDIC
appointment, Ms. Lazar distinguished herself in a number of nonprofit
and philanthropic leadership roles. Most recently, Ms. Lazar was a
partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic
organization that invests in nonprofit institutions serving children and
youth in the Washington, D.C., region. At the Fannie Mae Foundation,
she served as Senior Vice President for Housing and Community
Initiatives, responsible for strategy and management of the Foundation’s
national, regional and Washington grantmaking programs. She served as
Executive Director of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (d/b/a
NeighborWorks America), a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit
corporation that works to revitalize rural and urban communities by
mobilizing public, private and community resources at the neighborhood
level. At the Treasury Department, Ms. Lazar was Director of the
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. She also held
leadership positions at the National Association of Affordable Housing
Lenders and Enterprise Community Partners, serving as Chief
Administrative Officer, Vice President and General Counsel. At the
National Corporation for Housing Partnerships, she was assistant general
counsel. She also served in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Ms. Lazar has been
active in the community throughout her long career, serving in
leadership roles on several national and local boards of affordable
housing and community development organizations.
Ms. Lazar is a
graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, and the
Indiana School of Law at Bloomington.