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Sam Gilford

Sam Gilford

Director of External Affairs

Before joining Student Defense, Sam served as senior spokesman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he managed communications regarding a variety of financial markets and products, including debt collection and credit reporting, mortgage and auto lending, payday loans, and federal fair lending regulations. Sam led the CFPB’s communications rollouts on a range of initiatives, from establishing the first federal protections against abusive payday loans, to overhauling the residential mortgage market, to taking on discriminatory pricing in the auto finance market.

Previously, Sam served as the press secretary for the Senate Banking Committee under Chairmen Chris Dodd and Tim Johnson, where he worked on the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, international trade sanctions, oversight of the Federal Reserve, and confirmation of key federal financial regulators. Sam has also worked in the private sector as a communications consultant and writer, and as an English teacher in Japan. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College.