Karen M. Thomas is senior executive vice president of government relations and public policy for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA). She works with other members of ICBA’s executive management team to shape the association’s policy strategy and advance the interests of nearly 5,700 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States.
Thomas leads ICBA’s congressional and government relations teams and oversees ICBA’s advocacy initiatives in the legislative, regulatory, lending, accounting and payment system areas. She has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress on behalf of the community banking industry and is quoted frequently on banking issues in the national and trade press.
Thomas has broad experience in financial institutions law, including bank regulatory law, mergers and acquisitions, legislation and litigation. Prior to joining ICBA in 1992 as regulatory counsel, Thomas was a partner at Dann & Thomas, a Washington, D.C. law firm she co-founded.