Steve L. Antonakes, PhD ’98

Head of Bank Supervision, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Antonakes was appointed by President Obama to the post in November 2010. Antonakes will be responsible for monitoring how the nation’s largest banks market and sell consumer products such as credit cards, checking accounts, and home loans to ensure they do not mislead or exploit consumers. According to the Boston Globe, this new role is “one of the most powerful posts in the new consumer watchdog agency created by Congress in response to the financial crisis.” Prior to his appointment, Antonakes served as Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks.

Antonakes earned his doctorate in Northeastern’s Law and Public Policy program. “My Northeastern experience not only sharpened my legal and analytical skills, but also taught me the value of considering complex policy issues from multiple perspectives,” Antonakes said.

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