Anthony Albanese is the chief of staff at the New York State Department of Financial Services. He is responsible for all operations of the department, and manages all major regulatory and enforcement initiatives. Prior to joining DFS, he was a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He received a B.A. from Union College and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. Following law school, Mr. Albanese clerked for the Honorable Joseph W. Bellacosa, associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.
Dan Burstein serves as executive deputy superintendent for real estate finance at the Department of Financial Services. He oversees Mortgage Banking and its approximately 900 regulated entities and 7,000 regulated mortgage professionals; the Mortgage Assistance Unit, which helps individuals resolve issues with their mortgage lenders or servicers; and the department’s Mobile Command Center, which travels the state helping New Yorkers avoid foreclosure and recover from natural disasters. Mr. Burstein also directs the department’s homeowner-related policy initiatives, from its review of non-bank mortgage servicers to licensing of title insurance agents. Mr. Burstein was previously a litigator at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. He graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.
Peter Dean is the general counsel for banking at the New York State Department of Financial Services, where he handles legal issues arising out of the department’s regulation of state-chartered financial institutions and certain matters arising out of the work of the department’s Capital Markets, Real Estate Finance and Financial Frauds, and Consumer Protection divisions. In that role, Mr. Dean provides legal counsel to the department on a broad range of issues relating to the banking and financial services laws. Before assuming his current position, he was the department’s deputy general counsel for insurance. Mr. Dean obtained his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Anderson is the deputy superintendent for public affairs at the New York State Department of Financial Services. He oversees communications strategy and media relations for the department, and serves as an adviser to Superintendent Benjamin M. Lawsky. Prior to his current position, Mr. Anderson was as a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of the Treasury and several New York governors, and served as communications director for the New York State Division of the Budget. Mr. Anderson received his A.B. in government from Harvard College and is a native of upstate New York.
Kitty Kay Chan
Kitty Kay Chan serves as the chief economist at the state Department of Financial Services. She oversees quantitative analysis across divisions and provides expert advice and evaluation spinning risk assessment, pricing, regulation design, emerging industry trends, data management, and investigations, among other issues. Before joining the department, Ms. Chan served as chief economist and director of audit and review for the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, as a deputy inspector general for the state Inspector General’s Office, and as director of economics for the state Attorney General’s Office. She has also worked for the federal government in various capacities and in the private sector. Ms. Chan is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and has also taught at New York University. She received her Ph.D. in economics and a doctoral certificate in environmental sciences, policy, and engineering from the University of Southern California.
Maria Filipakis is the executive deputy superintendent for capital markets, leading a division tasked with monitoring and regulating the latest developments, trends, and products in the financial services marketplace. Ms. Filipakis is also leading the department’s cybersecurity and virtual currency initiatives. Before joining the department, she held senior positions at the New York State Insurance Department and Attorney General’s Office, including running the Investor Protection Bureau. Ms. Filipakis received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from New York University.
Martha A. Lees
Martha A. Lees is general counsel for insurance at the New York State Department of Financial Services. She advises the superintendent and other senior staff regarding a wide array of legal matters, such as the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and the impact of federal and international financial services reform on U.S.-based insurers. She also supervises the insurance law attorneys in the department’s Office of General Counsel. Ms. Lees previously served as general counsel and deputy general counsel of the New York State Insurance Department. She also has worked as an assistant attorney general at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She earned an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Robert H. Easton
Robert H. Easton is the executive deputy superintendent of the Insurance Division at the Department of Financial Services. In that capacity, he oversees the regulation of the life, health, and property and casualty insurance industries in New York. Mr. Easton joined the department after serving as deputy general counsel, chief compliance officer, and risk manager at Integro Insurance Brokers, and as deputy superintendent and general counsel at the New York State Department of Insurance, the predecessor agency of DFS. Mr. Easton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Johns Hopkins University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law.
Shirin Emami is the executive deputy superintendent of banks at the New York State Department of Financial Services. She oversees three divisions of banking within the Department: community and regional banks; foreign and wholesale banks; and licensed financial services. Prior to joining the department, she was director and associate general counsel at Barclays Investment Bank; director and counsel at WestLB in New York; vice president and counsel at J.P. Morgan; deputy counsel at the Bank of Tokyo Trust Company in New York; and associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York. She graduated from Cambridge University Law School with a degree of LLB, and from Columbia University Law School with a degree of LLM.
Joy Feigenbaum is the executive deputy superintendent responsible for the Financial Frauds & Consumer Protection Division, which includes: civil investigations, criminal investigations, consumer assistance, consumer compliance/fair lending/CRA examinations and community development, student protection, producer licensing, producer investigations and disciplinary, and the Holocaust Claims Processing Organization. Ms. Feigenbaum also worked on the legislation which merged the insurance and banking departments to form DFS in 2011. Before joining the department, Ms. Feigenbaum served for 14 years at the New York Attorney General’s Office, where she was special deputy attorney general for consumer frauds & protection and led major consumer fraud and deceptive practices investigations, including the attorney general’s groundbreaking investigation of the student loan industry. Prior to her government service, Ms. Feigenbaum worked in private litigation practice. She earned a B.A. in history and a proficiency degree in French from Rutgers College, where she graduated with highest honors, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Ms. Feigenbaum is a member of the bars of the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.