FDIC Names Amy C. Thompson as Director of the Office of Communications
June 24, 2019
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the appointment of Amy C. Thompson as Director of the Office of Communications. In her new role, Ms. Thompson will lead the agency's internal and external communications initiatives, including planning and executing public affairs activities to promote understanding of the FDIC's mission, objectives, and programs.
"I am very pleased that Amy has joined our team. She possesses a wide range of both private- and public-sector experience in public relations that will benefit the FDIC as we carry out our mission to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system," said FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams.
Prior to joining the FDIC, Ms. Thompson was Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she oversaw all external and internal communications, media relations, and stakeholder engagement efforts. She was also responsible for directing HUD's disaster recovery communications, and was the principal communications advisor to the HUD Secretary. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and as Deputy Press Secretary at HUD.
Ms. Thompson's experience in the private sector includes her role as Director of Communications for the Community Financial Services Association. Prior to that, she managed public relations campaigns and executive speechwriting at Target Corporation in Minneapolis. She also served as a communications advisor to Fortune 500 Companies at LEVICK, a D.C.-based public relations firm, where she specialized in crisis management, government regulation and corporate reputation.
Ms. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Texas.
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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's banks and savings associations, 5,362 as of March 31, 2019. It promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars—insured financial institutions fund its operations.
FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov, by subscription electronically (go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-53-2019