Maureen Thompson – a leading advocate for investor and consumer protection – has been appointed as Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.'s Vice President of Public Policy.
The Vice President of Public Policy will continue to advance the mission of CFP Board by advocating its public policy positions before Congress, the executive branch of the federal government, state legislatures and other state governmental offices. The position reports to CFP Board's Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Keller, CAE. Thompson will start her new role on January 2, 2017 and will be part of the Executive Leadership Team.
"Maureen Thompson is known around Washington, D.C. and nationally as a champion for consumers and investors," said Keller. "With more than 30 years of experience, Maureen is an accomplished government relations professional who knows how to build coalitions and passionately advocate for policies that are in the public interest. We look forward to having her on our team to advance CFP Board's mission to benefit the public."
Keller also acknowledged the great work of Marilyn Mohrman-Gillis who came to CFP Board in 2008 and built a well-respected and influential public policy function after CFP Board moved from Denver to Washington, D.C. Mohrman-Gillis is now the Executive Director of the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning.
Thompson is often cited by policymakers and the media as a highly-regarded advocate for working families, the elderly and other groups that do not often have a voice on Capitol Hill or in the White House.
Before coming to CFP Board, Thompson was a senior principal in The Hastings Group where over 26 years, she built a highly successful government relations and coalition building practice. At Hastings, Thompson was involved with a wide-variety of high profile public policy issues including the Dodd-Frank Act and bankruptcy reform. Most recently, Thompson led and managed the Save Our Retirement coalition of 75 organizations in support of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule to protect American retirement savers from conflicts of interest.
Prior to founding The Hastings Group, Thompson served as a legislative and policy adviser to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), working on a variety of financial services reforms to benefit the American public.
"CFP Board has established itself as a credible, knowledgeable and influential organization in the world of public policy – in Washington, D.C. and across the country," said Thompson. "I look forward to building upon the progress CFP Board has made in carrying out its mission and advocating on behalf of the American public."
Thompson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Skidmore College, earning Bachelor's degrees in history and government.