Kara Ward is a member of Venable's Legislative and Government Affairs Group focusing on financial services and the housing finance market. She has experience with issues related to housing finance reform, insurance, consumer financial services, payment systems, and community economic development.
Combining federal and private practice experience, Ms. Ward provides various financial service companies and trade group clients with policy analysis and strategic advice to advance their business objectives on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. She frequently works on issues involving the House Financial Services Committee, Senate Banking Committee, Treasury Department, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Federal Reserve.
Ms. Ward has worked extensively on efforts to reform the single-family residential housing system, representing a number of client interests in recent legislative proposals. Additionally, Ms. Ward has broad experience with consumer financial issues and helps clients provide input into rule-making by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Ward was an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the economic crisis and focused on, among other topics, the creation of the Federal Insurance Office, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, funding for small business development, and other federal grant programs.