(Oct. 1, 2021) Rohit Chopra is now the permanent director of the CFPB, with a five-year term, thanks to a 50-48 vote by the Senate on Thursday. He took a big step toward that vote earlier in the day when the Senate voted 51-50 – with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote – to cut off debate and proceed to the final vote on confirmation. Chopra replaces acting director Dave Uejio – who himself has been nominated to be assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) … NASCUS President and CEO Lucy Ito will be on the panel discussing “How to Increase Gender Diversity in the C-Suite” Nov. 3 (at 2:15 p.m.) as part of NCUA’s Nov. 2-4 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Summit. The panel – made up of all female credit union executives – will discuss successes and setbacks on their paths to leadership, according to NCUA. They will also discuss how to increase gender diversity in the upper ranks of financial institutions. Other panelists include CEOs of NASCUS-members Orange County’s CU and Navy Federal CU – Shruti Miyashiro and Mary McDuffie, respectively.