Ren Essene, Chief Data Officer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Ren Essene has over 25 years of public service experience at the intersection of data, consumer protection, and community development. Ms. Essene currently serves as the Chief Data Officer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where she leads the CFPBâ€™s enterprise data strategy and facilitates the effective management, use, sharing, and protection of agency data assets. Recently, Ms. Essene was named among the â€œTop Government CDOs to Watch in 2022â€ by the Washington Exec, and in 2019, she received the highest award presented by the CFPB, the Directorâ€™s Mission Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership. Over the last decade at the CFPB, Ms. Essene has led the development of the agencyâ€™s Data Policy and Governance Program; coordinated with industry and other government agencies to adopt voluntary industry data standards; and led the agencyâ€™s effort to modernize the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data collection. Previously, Ms. Essene organized the Federal Reserve Boardâ€™s public HMDA hearings and co-authored a book chapter on HMDA reform for Moving Forward: The Future of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Finance. In earlier service at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Harvardâ€™s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Ms. Essene leveraged her prior decade of experience leading a community development organization; serving on the Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle; and working with community leaders and lenders to address housing issues in the Northwest. Ms. Essene earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.