2012 News

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau executive to speak on issues regarding the elderly

Gail Hillebrand of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will visit the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, as part of the Center for Social Development’s Financial Capability Lecture Series. Hillebrand’s talk, “Financial Capability Across the Life Course: The Role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” will focus on the financial issues of older adults. This lecture is in collaboration with the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. It is free and open to the public, and the evening will include hors d’oeuvres and an informal discussion following the talk. 

Hillebrand will come to the Brown School equipped with a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding financial capability. The CFPB helps Americans obtain the consumer financial products and services they need, such as applying for a mortgage or choosing among credit cards. Hillebrand serves as associate director for the Education and Engagement Division, which includes the Office of Financial Education, the Engagement Office, the Office of Service Member Affairs, the Office for the Financial Protection of Older Americans, the Office of Students and the Office of Financial Empowerment.

Before joining the CFPB, Hillebrand served as the financial services campaign manager and a senior attorney at the West Coast Office of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of “Consumer Reports” magazine. She clerked for the Hon. Robert Boochever of the Ninth Circuit of U.S. Court of Appeals, and practiced law with the San Francisco office of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California at San Diego, and a J.D from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkley.