Public Policy in Practice with Richard Cordray

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Event Information: 

Please join Fels for a conversation with Richard Cordray. Rich served for six years as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by a bipartisan vote of the Senate. Most recently, Rich was a candidate for Governor of Ohio in 2018.

During his tenure, the Consumer Bureau brought enforcement actions that returned over $12 billion to 30 million Americans. They created a consumer response system that gave people a voice; more than 1.3 million people had issues resolved by this means. And they adopted new rules to safeguard the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage market and prevent the kind of problems that led to the financial crisis of 2008 and the deep recession that followed.

Before joining the Consumer Bureau, Rich served as Ohio’s Attorney General, where he and his team recovered over $2 billion for Ohio’s retirees, investors, and business owners and took major steps to protect consumers from fraudulent foreclosures and financial predators. He also served as Ohio Treasurer, where he led the State’s banking, investment, debt, and financing activities. Rich previously taught at Ohio State’s law school and served as a State Representative and as Ohio’s first Solicitor General. He has argued seven cases before the US Supreme Court, including by special appointment of both the Clinton and Bush Justice Departments.

Rich is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Oxford University in England, and the University of Chicago Law School. He was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review and later clerked for US Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

About the series:

The Public Policy in Practice Series, led by Fels Distinguished Fellow Elizabeth Vale, is designed to provide students with a variety of perspectives and compelling personal narratives that will help them not only form their opinions on important issues, but will also help shape their careers. This series is offered in conjunction with the Fels graduate Public Management course required of all Fels MPA and Executive MPA students. Fels is proud to offer these important conversations to the entire Penn community and members of the public.

Remarks begin promptly at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Location Name: 
Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Auditorium
Location Address: 

Lower Level Auditorium
133 S. 36th Street (36th & Walnut St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Event Contact: 


Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326

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