Mr. Kiefel is the Acting Office Director for Strategic Policy in the Policy Division of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Mr. Kiefel leads FinCEN’s Innovation Hours Program and co-leads FinCEN’s BSA regulatory reform efforts.
Previously at FinCEN, Mr. Kiefel performed the Executive Secretariat function for the Heads of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Forum during the U.S. Presidency of FATF. He also helped create a groundbreaking multilateral FIU effort to share financial intelligence on foreign terrorist fighters. Mr. Kiefel also managed FinCEN’s Regulatory Helpline and Terrorist Financing Hotline.
Before joining FinCEN, Mr. Kiefel was a Project Leader in the Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He provided strategic, operational, and financial guidance and analysis on the Reserve Banks’ operations, conducted research on the payments system, implemented laws and regulations related to the payments system (Check 21), and helped develop policies to improve the U.S. payments system.
Mr. Kiefel worked at MasterCard International, taught American Government at Pepperdine University, and teaches financial statement analysis at The George Washington University. He served as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and State and with the Agency for International Development and Office of Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK). Mr. Kiefel received his BA in International Affairs from Claremont McKenna College, MA in National Security Policy from The Elliott School at The George Washington University, and MBA in international business from The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.
Erik is blessed with a wonderful wife, Laura, and two children (still) learning via Zoom classes.