John Pitts is the Head of Policy for Plaid, a financial services technology company. Plaid helps consumers connect their financial services accounts to popular apps like Venmo, Betterment, and Acorns. In his role as Head of Policy, John advocates for consumers' right to access, share, and control their financial data. He also advocates for financial data practices based on consumer-first principles of transparency, permission, and privacy. He has consulted on financial data and consumer protection laws and regulations in the United States, Canada, the UK, the European Union, and Australia.
Before joining Plaid, John served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At the Bureau, John worked with the state Attorneys General to promote cooperation and coordination between the states in enforcing the Dodd-Frank Consumer Financial Protection Act. He was a regular speaker on NAAG, CWAG, and State Center panels on topics including student lending, payday lending, and emerging financial technologies like cryptocurrencies. John started his career as an attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.