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AFSA expands staff roles in federal, state policy functions

AFSA expands staff roles in federal, state policy functions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2019- The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) today announced promotions reflecting expanded expertise and increased responsibilities in both its federal and state government policy functions.

Celia Winslow, formerly Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, becomes the association’s new Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs. She will work with AFSA’s members to devise and implement a comprehensive and proactive policy regarding federal regulations, with an emphasis on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On the legal side, she manages AFSA’s amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief efforts in district, state, and federal courts. Additionally, she is the staff liaison to AFSA’s Law Committee. Winslow joined AFSA in 2006 and holds a BA in Politics from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Susan Sullivan, formerly Manager of Congressional Affairs, becomes AFSA’s new Director of Congressional and Political Affairs. In this role, she builds and maintains relationships with members of Congress and congressional staff and implements AFSA’s federal advocacy agenda. In addition, Sullivan manages AFSA's Political Action Committee (AFSAPAC). She also serves as staff liaison to AFSA's Operations Committee. Sullivan, who joined the association in 2010, holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla.

Matt Kownacki becomes AFSA’s new Director of State Research & Policy, tracking and analyzing state and local regulatory and legislative policy. He issues comment letters to state legislators and agencies on issues affecting AFSA member companies. Additionally, he drafts and edits resources available to AFSA members, including 50-state surveys, talking points, issue briefs, and white papers. Kownacki also provides regular updates to State Government Affairs Committee members on current state legislation. Kownacki joined AFSA in 2015 and holds a BA in Economics from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.

Based in Washington, D.C., the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), now in its 102nd year, is the national trade association representing consumer credit, committed to protecting access to credit and consumer choice. Its 450+ 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

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January 3rd, 2019 by

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