WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ann Carmichael as its new Vice President of Congressional Affairs. In this newly-created position, Carmichael will develop and deliver to lawmakers and policymakers AFSA’s message of protecting access to safe, responsible consumer credit.
“We are excited to have someone with Ann’s credentials and experience join the AFSA team,” said Bill Himpler, Executive Vice President at AFSA. “Her advocacy skills and network will help AFSA protect – and more importantly – expand access to credit for all Americans. I look forward to teaming up with her to advocate for AFSA members.”
Carmichael primarily will be responsible for leading AFSA advocacy on Capitol Hill. Himpler will continue to head up the Federal Government Affairs department with a renewed emphasis on compliance and regulatory affairs.
Carmichael most recently served as the Associate Director of Advocacy and Counsel at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), where she advocated priority issues before members of Congress and their staffs. These included many of the same issues for which she will advocate at AFSA, including reforms to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and regulatory relief for financial institutions.
Carmichael began her career as an intern with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, assisting on matters between President George W. Bush and state governors. Following her first position, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work directly for President Bush as a Presidential Writer in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. She was then promoted to Director of Legislative Correspondence for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. She worked to outline and advise the President and his staff on the concerns and viewpoints of members of Congress, Cabinet Departments, and other federal agencies.
Carmichael subsequently took a position in President Bush’s Department of Labor as a Legislative Officer in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, she promoted the Administration’s labor policies and positions on Capitol Hill, advocating before members of Congress and their staffs on labor legislation and issues, including employment and job training matters, appropriations, and disabilities issues.
Following the Bush administration, she moved to the American Bar Association (ABA) and served as Legislative Counsel in the Governmental Affairs Office. There, she advocated for ABA issues on the Hill, including regulation of the legal profession, banking and financial issues, and appropriations. She also directed the advocacy of the state bar association organizations on funding for legal aid at the ABA’s annual fly-in.
Carmichael presided over a number of successful advocacy campaigns, including legislation that created parity for credit unions with respect to interest on lawyers’ trust accounts and amending the Dodd-Frank Act to provide full Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation protection to that same interest.
She holds a B.S. in political science from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Based in Washington, D.C., the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), which celebrated its centennial in 2016, is the national trade association for the consumer credit industry, protecting access to credit and consumer choice. Its 400 members include traditional installment lenders, vehicle finance/leasing companies, consumer and commercial finance companies, mortgage lenders and servicers, payment card issuers, industrial banks and industry suppliers. For more information, visit www.afsaonline.org.