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FHFA Announces Two Staffing Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8/30/2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) named Laura Thrift as Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs and Communications and Alexei Alexandrov as Chief Economist. 

“Laura brings in-depth knowledge of the legislative process to FHFA. Her experience will help FHFA continue to be transparent about our policies and rationale with members of Congress, stakeholders, and the press. Alexei’s past research will add to the Agency’s understanding of both firm and consumer behavior, including in financial markets. The research he will lead, using the latest techniques in econometrics and machine learning, will help  inform policy decisions that allow FHFA to maintain the safety and soundness of our regulated entities while promoting equitable access to safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities throughout the nation,” said Acting Director Sandra L. Thompson. 

Thrift has more than 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill working for senior members of the House of Representatives.  Before joining FHFA, Thrift was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03). Thrift previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to Representative David Price (NC-04). She has a M.A. in Government and a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Alexandrov, a Ph.D. economist, managed data scientists, economists, and machine learning scientists in e-commerce, and worked in the federal government and academia. Prior to joining FHFA, Alexandrov was the Director of Central Algorithms for Wayfair.com. He also worked as a Senior Manager at Amazon.com. Additionally, he served as a Senior Economist at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, working on mortgage regulations stemming from the Dodd-Frank Act. He started his professional career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester. Alexandrov has a Ph.D. in managerial economics and strategy from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Economics from Wayne State University. ​

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Media: Raffi Williams Raffi.Williams@FHFA.gov / Adam Russell Adam.Russell@FHFA.gov

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