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Deborah Matthews Phillips Joins ICBA as Senior Vice President, Payments and Technology Policy

Dec 03, 2019

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Washington, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2019)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today announced that Deborah Matthews Phillips has joined its government relations team as senior vice president of payments and technology policy, a new position created to augment ICBA staff resources in a dynamic payments environment. In her role, Phillips will advocate ICBA’s payments and bank technology policy issues before financial regulatory agencies, private-sector organizations and Congress.

“Deborah is highly regarded in the payments space as a thought leader known for building coalitions with key industry stakeholders to help move the industry forward,” said Karen Thomas, ICBA senior executive vice president of government relations and public policy. “Her significant payments experience and results-driven approach will help ICBA and community banks continue to flourish in the innovative payments space.”  

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

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at


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