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NCUA Names Frank Kressman General Counsel, Melane Conyers-Ausbrooks Board Secretary

January 2021
NCUA Names Frank Kressman General Counsel, Melane Conyers-Ausbrooks Board Secretary

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Jan. 15, 2021) – The National Credit Union Administration today announced the selection of Frank Kressman as General Counsel and Melane Conyers-Ausbrooks as Board Secretary.

“Frank has an extensive career in law and a deep knowledge of financial regulation and credit unions,” said NCUA Chairman Rodney E. Hood. “This, together with his more than 20 years’ experience at the NCUA, including serving as Acting General Counsel, will serve him well in his new role. I am delighted the NCUA Board appointed Frank to this critical role.”

Mr. Kressman currently serves as the agency’s Acting General Counsel and leads the NCUA’s Office of General Counsel. The Office represents the agency in litigation, executing administrative actions, interpreting the Federal Credit Union Act and the NCUA’s rules and regulations, processing Freedom of Information Act requests, advising the NCUA Board and the agency on general legal matters, and maintaining the agency’s records management program. The General Counsel’s office also drafts regulations designed to ensure the continued safety and soundness of the credit union system.

Before his selection as Acting General Counsel, Mr. Kressman served as a Deputy General Counsel to the NCUA. He joined the agency in 1998 as a staff attorney. His previous experience includes work as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Kressman holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor from the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, and a Master of Laws degree from The American University Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Prior to being selected as Board Secretary, Ms. Conyers-Ausbrooks served as Acting Secretary of the Board and worked in the NCUA Office of General Counsel managing the NCUA’s Ethics Program and serving as the agency ethics point of contact. In that role, she provided ethics advice, training, and counseling to agency staff and leadership, and monitored compliance with all ethics laws, regulations, and policies.

Previously, she served as legal counsel at Brown Foss and as Vice President and Chief Counsel-Retail Channel at CitiMortgage Inc. Ms. Conyers-Ausbrooks received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.

“Melane did an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of the Board. The experience she gained in that role, together with her extensive experience in the Office of General Counsel, make her an ideal candidate for Board Secretary,” Chairman Hood said. “I look forward to working alongside Melane as she takes on this new role in support of our important mission.”

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