BAFT, ABA’s international finance subsidiary, announced today that it has hired Samantha Pelosi as its new SVP for payments and emerging technology and John Collins as its VP for international policy.
A former retail payments manager with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Pelosi will be responsible for the creation and management of all activities related to payments, cash management and emerging technology, incorporating financial crime and cybersecurity.
Collins will serve as the primary strategist and leader of BAFT global policy efforts, directly engaging in policy advocacy in North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Prior to joining BAFT, Collins was the head of policy for Coinbase, a digital currency and blockchain company, and also worked as a senior advisor to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Thomas Carper (D-Del.).
“BAFT is fortunate to have two incredibly knowledgeable and experienced professionals joining our team,” said Tod Burwell, president and CEO of BAFT. “Samantha and John will be critical in driving the work we do in regards to payments and emerging technology, as well as international policy.”