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Danielle Arlowe

Danielle Arlowe

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Danielle Arlowe

Senior Vice President
American Financial Services Association

Danielle Arlowe
Senior Vice President
American Financial Services Association
Washington, DC
Direct: (952) 922-6500 Mobile: (202) 412-3504

Danielle Fagre Arlowe is Senior Vice President, American Financial Services Association (AFSA). She is in charge of the AFSA’s State Government Affairs Department and acts along with her federal colleague as counsel to the Association, and is responsible for the Payment Card and Vehicle Finance sections of the Law Committee. Prior to joining AFSA in 2003, Danielle was Director of Government Affairs and Legislative Counsel for credit card issuer Metris. Prior to Metris, she was associate with two Washington, D.C. law firms – Venable LLP and O’Connor & Hannan LLP – where she represented banks and major U.S. financial institutions. During law school, she worked as a Dean’s Fellow for then-Professor Jamie Raskin, now a Member of Congress. Danielle holds a B.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and earned a J.D. cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland (inactive), Washington, D.C. and Minnesota. She is based in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband, Steve, her daughters, Ruby and Josephine, and her dog, Gary Von Lutefisk Arlowe. Danielle loves people, photography, pop culture, reality TV, and all things Minnesotan.

Areas of Expertise
State Government Affairs, Law, Compliance, Management, Strategic Planning, Issues Management, Executive Management, Issue Advocacy, Public Speaking, Communication

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
All of the above.

What three keywords best describe you?
Outgoing, Funny, Positive

Personal Motto
Treat people like you want to be treated.

What are you passionate about?
People (my family, my friends), Gary Von Lutefisk (my dog), pop culture, photography, quotes and sayings, learning and evolving as a person.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I have a podcast about pop culture, reality TV, the news, etc. It is called Hyperbole: The Best Podcast Ever.

Who has been a role model for you?
Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-8th district). He is the most intelligent person I have ever known, and my hero.

What are you most proud of?
I try to be confident but not proud. However, if I have to be proud . . . my enthusiasm for life, my work ethic, and my optimism.


What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Neither party taking up too much of the other person's time; genuinely liking the other person, or having enough in common with them that you can relate to them. Mutual respect.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Things other people do that you perceive as holding you back are almost always about them and not you. Always be kind.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
I wish I respected the idea of a business degree in college. I wish I had taken business or economics classes in college or law school.