Financial Technology Association Selects Plaid Executive as Chair of Board

The Financial Technology Association (FTA) has selected Leigh Lytle, head of North American Policy at Plaid, as the 2023 Chair of the FTA Board of Directors.

Before joining Plaid, Lytle spent more than 15 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

According to a note from the FTA, Lytle will lead the Board at a time of growth for FTA as the association added seven new members in the last year. As Chair, Lytle will help guide FTA in advocating for policies that support a robust, maturing Fintech industry.

Lytle issued the following statement:

“As Americans increasingly turn to fintech apps and services to manage their financial lives, it is imperative that our public policies support a financial system that works for everyone. I am thrilled to continue my work with FTA as Board Chair and support our collective efforts to increase access and break down barriers to financial services. FTA’s work is critical in pushing for modernization of financial policies that benefit consumers, from establishing financial data rights, spurring faster payments, and expanding access to fair credit.”

Penny Lee, CEO of the FTA, said the new chair will help elevate the power of Fintech to drive value for consumers, SMEs, and the overall economy.

“We look forward to working with her to advocate for the fintech industry in Washington and shape the future of finance.”

FTA also announced the election of other new members of its 2023 board, including:

  • Teddy Flo, Chief Legal Officer, Zest AI, as Vice Chair
  • Brian Peters, Director of Public Policy, Stripe, as Secretary
  • Tom Manatos, Head of Federal Affairs, Block, Inc., as Treasurer
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