Deborah Matthews Phillips

Senior Vice President, Payments and Technology Policy, ICBA and Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, ICBA Bancard

Washington, D.C.


Deborah Matthews Phillips is senior vice president of payments and technology policy for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA).

She also serves as senior vice president, industry relations for ICBA Bancard, ICBA’s payments card subsidiary. In her dual roles she advocates payments and bank technology policy issues before financial regulatory agencies, private-sector organizations and Congress on behalf of the nation’s community banks.

Phillips has nearly 20 years of payments-related experience. She most recently served as managing director of payment strategy at Jack Henry & Associates, where she leveraged her expertise in market intelligence, product development, and payment strategy.

Prior to her 12-year career at Jack Henry, Phillips served as vice president of marketing for a large payment processor, where she managed corporate communications. She also worked as director of marketing and member services at one of the largest regional payments’ associations. 

Phillips is a well-known and respected payments veteran. She is vice chairman of the board for the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC), and chairman of the FPC Operations Committee. She was a member of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force and was elected to serve on the Task Force’s Governance Framework Formation Team. Phillips has also been active on various industry councils, including serving as chair of the Nacha Internet Council, and as a member of the Nacha Innovation Alliance Advisory Committee since its inception.

Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Northwestern University and is an accredited ACH professional.