About

Susan K. Weinstock

Susan Weinstock

  • Director
  • Consumer Banking,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts

Profile

Susan K. Weinstock directs Pew’s consumer banking initiative, which advocates for policies that protect American consumers and their money.

As the lead on Pew’s efforts to improve the safety and transparency of consumer banking products, Weinstock directs a team of researchers who identify current practices and consumer needs to inform policy solutions.

Previously, Weinstock was the financial reform campaign director at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), leading media, coalition, public education, and grassroots efforts to promote consumer financial protection. She has more than 20 years of advocacy, communications, research, grassroots, and legislative experience protecting consumers. Prior to joining CFA in 2009, Weinstock worked in a number of different positions at AARP. She directed many successful state-level advocacy campaigns throughout the country, saving consumers billions of dollars on their telephone and utility bills and pushing for the enactment of consumer protections and reliability requirements. She also managed federal communications activities on financial security issues, including message development and the creation and execution of integrated public awareness campaigns.

Weinstock has a bachelor’s degree in government from Clark University and a master’s degree in education from Marymount University.

Recent Work

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  • Banking on Prepaid

    General purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards, also called GPR prepaid accounts, are a versatile financial tool for consumers. They can be loaded via direct deposit or with cash, and used at ATMs to withdraw funds and at stores to make point-of-sale purchases, similar to debit cards tied to checking accounts. They can also be used to budget or control spending. This report presents findings from... Read More

  • Pew: Consumers Without Banks Use Prepaid Cards Like Checking Accounts

    The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report today that finds the use of general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards on the rise among consumers. Read More

  • Who Reads 40 Pages of Disclosures?

    The Pew Charitable Trusts consumer banking project’s latest survey of checking accounts, Checks and Balances: 2015 Update, found the median length of disclosure materials for checking account agreements and fee schedules to be 40 pages, excluding addenda and other supplementary documents. Previous research has shown that few consumers read such lengthy information. Read More

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