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FHFA Adds New Senior Advisor And More In Latest Staffing Update

Navi Persaud
Nov 01, 2021
FHFA headquarters

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is providing acting director Sandra L. Thompson with added support, as Charles Yi assumes the role of senior advisor for Legal Affairs and Policy.

Yi will join FHFA today, November 1 as its senior advisor for Legal Affairs and Policy. In addition to advising acting director Thompson, Yi will be tasked with providing guidance and coordination in recommending actions to ensure the agency’s goals and obligations are met.

“His expertise with legal issues related to finance and housing will support the agency’s capacity to ensure the agency’s regulated entities serve as the backbone of a fair, equitable, and sustainable housing finance system,” said acting director Thompson.  

Meanwhile, the acting chief operating officer Katrina Jones will continue her role after being named as the permanent chief operating officer. 

“Katrina has ably demonstrated the leadership and business acumen to successfully oversee the agency’s support operations,” added Thompson.

Lynn Fisher, deputy director for the Division of Research and Statistics decided to pursue new opportunities. Daniel E. Coates, Ph.D., who currently serves as senior advisor to the acting director will assume this role.

“Lynn was instrumental in standing up DRS, and I value her contributions to expanding the agency’s research and analytic capacity, remarked Thompson. “I look forward to Dan’s continued leadership of the division as it produces high-quality data and research in support of FHFA’s objectives. Charles, Dan, and Katrina will bring experience and commitment to their work supporting FHFA’s mission.” 

For nearly 20 years, Yi has practiced law and provided counsel in the private and public sectors on a wide range of regulatory, legislative, and financial issues. Most recently, he was a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. From 2015 to 2019, Yi served as general counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He has provided counsel to lawmakers on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services, most notably for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. Yi was also deputy assistant Secretary for Banking and Finance at the U.S. Treasury Department where he assisted in the implementation of provisions under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Jones has extensive experience managing FHFA’s operations, including building operations, physical and personnel security programs, emergency and disaster readiness, space utilization management, mail operations, logistics, and transportation management, contract management, and catering and conference planning. Prior to being named acting chief operating officer, she served as associate director for agency operations since 2012. She has also served as a contracting officer with a level three certification where she awarded and administered contracts for real estate broker services, real estate legal services, and the lease of more than 340,000 square feet of class A (LEED Gold) office space. She has more than 35 years of federal service, including the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Before becoming a senior advisor in the office of the director, Coates served as a senior associate director at FHFA, where he led a team of economists and financial analysts. His team was responsible for targeted credit and market risk examinations to support FHFA’s examinations of the Federal Home Loan Banks. Additionally, Coates led a team of financial analysts who evaluated the financial condition and performance of the FHLBanks. He serves as the chairman of the FHFA Reference Rate Transition Steering Committee, which oversees FHFA’s regulated entities’ transitions away from LIBOR and other reference rates. Coates is also the FHFA representative to the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC).

Nov 01, 2021
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