Jo Ann Barefoot is CEO of Jo Ann Barefoot Group, LLC. She has over thirty-five years of experience focused on consumer financial protection. The first woman Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, Jo Ann established the OCC’s original consumer protection and community reinvestment unit; served on the staff of the U. S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; was Co-chair of Treliant Risk Advisors; and was Partner and Managing Director at KPMG. As a consultant, she has advised all of America’s largest financial institutions, many other financial companies, and numerous community banks, non-profits, and agencies.
For 2015-16, Jo Ann will be a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rehmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge. Her fellowship will focus on writing a book on consumer protection regulation and innovation, in addition to her other writing and consulting.
Jo Ann serves on the Consumer Advisory Board to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
She is also a member of the board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation and serves on advisory boards to several fintech startups.
Jo Ann advises consulting clients on strategic management of regulatory risk and consumer protection, and on technology innovation’s impact on consumers and related regulatory and market challenges.