Amy Friend was Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a bureau of the US Department of Treasury that regulates and supervises the federal banking system, from February 2013 to November 2017. In that capacity, Amy served on the agency’s executive committee and oversaw all of the agency’s legal activities and licensing functions. Amy led the team that developed the agency’s strategic initiative on responsible innovation resulting in the establishment of the Office of Innovation and the special purpose national bank charter for fintech companies. Before taking on this role, Amy was a Managing Director at the Promontory Financial Group where she advised financial services companies about regulatory compliance and governance. Previously Amy held a number of positions in the US Congress, including Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs where she led the Committee’s work in crafting responses to the financial crisis, including the Dodd-Frank Act. Amy also served as Assistant Chief Counsel to the OCC, focusing on consumer privacy, data security, and credit reporting, and as an associate in the law firms of Jenner and Block, and Brownstein, Zeidman, and Schomer.
Amy currently serves as a director of FinRegLab, a newly established non-profit organization that conducts research and tests new technologies and data to inform public policy and market practices with the goal of improving financial services and expanding access.
Amy holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center which honored her with a distinguished alumna award. She resides in Washington, DC and is married with two children.