Fintech Industry’s Largest Association for Online Lending Names Mary Jackson as New CEO
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2018 – The Online Lenders Alliance (OLA) today announced that Mary Jackson has been named Chief Executive Officer for the organization, effective June 11, 2018. Jackson will succeed Lisa McGreevy, who will serve in a new role as senior advisor to OLA, following a nine-year tenure of overseeing the phenomenal growth of the organization and the industry.
Jackson, a 10-year OLA board member and financial services veteran, was selected by the board of directors to lead the organization in its mission to ensure all hardworking Americans have access to credit. Bringing together fintech companies committed to using sophisticated technology and smart underwriting, Jackson will use her experience to highlight the need for these products, advocate for customer-centric rules and regulations, and build a better understanding of the important role these solutions play in the broader financial ecosystem.
Jackson brings 25 years of experience as an executive in the financial services industry and regularly serves as a public-policy expert, including leading working groups that brought together industry and consumer organizations to develop fair, balanced solutions for appropriately serving all customers. Jackson also is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur and most recently was the founder of Jackson Vaughn Public Strategies.
“Mary’s expertise in financial services makes her an ideal candidate to lead the online lending industry as we execute our mission to deliver products that meet the needs of our customers,” said OLA Board Member Don Gayhardt, President & Chief Executive Officer of CURO Group Holdings (NYSE: CURO). “Mary has a passion for the consumer’s perspective. Having dealt with cash flow and financial challenges personally in her early years, she understands consumers need access to credit and deserve options to build their credit standing and move forward.”
As OLA’s leader, Jackson will work to educate the public, media and policymakers about the benefits of access to regulated, fair credit to consumers and small businesses. Jackson will develop and implement the Alliance’s public policy agenda at the federal and state levels and will serve as a principal spokesperson for the online lending industry.
“I’m committed to putting OLA at the forefront of serving customers who need and deserve fair access to credit as I represent the innovative firms that make it possible,” said Jackson. “The online lending industry is rapidly changing and expanding as more consumers look to the internet to meet their financial needs, and OLA will continue to ensure they have options that work for them.”
The Online Lenders Alliance (OLA) is the first trade association in Fintech and the center for lending, technology and innovation, representing the growing industry of companies offering loans online. OLA’s membership includes entrepreneurs, publicly-traded companies, fraud prevention experts, privacy protectors, lenders, alternative credit bureaus, and software developers. OLA members abide by a rigorous set of Best Practices and Code of Conduct to ensure their customers are fully informed and fairly treated.