Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion (ComE-IN)
Guest Speaker Biographies -
Ellen Lazar joined
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in June 2009 as Senior
Advisor to the Chairman for Consumer Policy.
Lazar provides FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair with advice and expertise on
a wide variety of consumer issues, policies and programs. She offers
counsel on the legal and policy aspects of FDIC activities, particularly
those related to community development, affordable housing and consumer
Lazar serves as the lead advisor to Chairman Bair on issues before the
FDIC’s Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion. Her many
responsibilities include overseeing the development of policy proposals
to implement Committee recommendations.
Lazar’s experience in consumer protection and community development
matters is far-reaching. Prior to joining the FDIC, she was a partner
at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic organization
that invests in nonprofit institutions that serve children and youth in
the Washington, D.C., region. Previously, she served as Senior Vice
President for Housing and Community Initiatives at the Fannie Mae
Foundation, where she was responsible for grant-making and management of
the Foundation’s national, regional and Washington offices.
Additionally, Ms. Lazar served as Executive Director of the Neighborhood
Reinvestment Corporation (dba NeighborWorks America), a nonprofit
corporation that works to revitalize rural and urban communities by
mobilizing public, private and community resources at the neighborhood
level. Before her time with the NRC, she was Director of the Community
Development Financial Institutions Fund at the U.S. Department of the
Lazar held leadership positions at the National Association of
Affordable Housing Lenders and Enterprise Community Partners, where she
served as Chief Administrative Officer, Vice President and General
Counsel. She was also Assistant General Counsel with the National
Corporation for Housing Partnerships and served in the Office of General
Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Lazar has also served in leadership roles on several national and local
boards of affordable housing and community development organizations.
Lazar is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York
and of the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington.