Meredith Fuchs has been named general counsel of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, replacing Len Kennedy, who will serve as senior adviser and counselor to Director Richard Cordray.
A one-time partner at Wiley Rein, Fuchs joined the CFPB in 2011 as principal deputy general counsel before being named Cordray's chief of staff. Garry Reeder, formerly senior adviser to the deputy director, will now serve as acting chief of staff.
Fuchs' prior jobs included chief investigative counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce and general counsel of the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
The CFPB announced other senior leadership changes as well. Steven Antonakes, who began his career as a bank examiner, was named associate director for supervision, enforcement, and fair lending. Previously, he was assistant director of large bank supervision.
Wendy Kamenshine was officially named CFPB Ombudsman. She’d been acting ombudsman since July 2011. Kamenshine previously served as the senior ombudsman for the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman's Office. Before joining the federal government, she practiced international trade law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Camille Busette, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, joined the CFPB as assistant director of the Office of Financial Education. Clifford Rosenthal, former president and CEO of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, was named assistant director of financial empowerment.
"I am very pleased to announce these updates to the CFPB leadership team," said Cordray in a news release. "As the CFPB continues moving forward with its important work, we are leveraging the collective expertise of our dedicated senior staff to better serve consumers and fulfill the CFPB's mission of making consumer financial markets more fair, transparent, and competitive."