Community Banker Anne Balcer Today Joins ICBA as New Head of Government Relations

July 11, 2022

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Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2022) — Anne Balcer today officially joined the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) as senior executive vice president, chief government relations and public policy. Anne most recently served as executive vice president, general counsel and internal auditor for Forbright Bank, formerly Congressional Bank, in Chevy Chase, Md. Balcer served in an executive role at the community bank since 2013, advising its executive management team and board of directors while managing all aspects of legal, regulatory and compliance oversight.

“We’re thrilled to welcome another fellow community banker to the ICBA team as we continue to advocate exclusively for the unique needs of the nation’s nearly 5,000 community banks,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “Anne’s background as a state regulator, combined with her community banking and financial services experience, will lend a critical voice and further perspective to ICBA’s government relations efforts while helping to advance our exceptional team of talented professionals.”

Prior to joining Forbright Bank, Balcer served as Maryland’s deputy commissioner of financial regulation from 2010 to 2013. During her tenure, she received praise for her common-sense and consensus-building approach to regulation and policy. Experienced in government relations and public policy at the state and federal levels, Balcer has testified before Congress, the TARP Oversight Committee, and in state and local legislatures. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, with honors, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. from Randolph Macon College.

“With experience on the front lines of financial regulation at a growing community bank, Anne is uniquely suited to lead ICBA’s powerful and respected government relations team as we fight for a more level regulatory environment for community banks across our great nation,” said ICBA Chairman and President and CEO of Community Spirit Bank Brad Bolton of Red Bay, Ala. “We look forward to welcoming Anne to the ICBA family and working with her to serve ICBA’s mission of creating and promoting an environment where community banks flourish.”

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute roughly 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding nearly $5.9 trillion in assets, over $4.9 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.5 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 www.icba.org.

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