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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  • Checks and Balances, Stars and Stripes

    Service members, like all consumers, need access to concise, easy-to-understand documents that lay out the key terms, conditions, and fees associated with their checking accounts. Clarity and transparency are especially important for Americans and their families serving in the military, who face unique challenges associated with repeated deployments and frequent relocations.  Read More

  • Pew Report Finds Military Checking Account Practices Need Improvement

    The report underscores the need for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to write new rules that make checking accounts safer and more transparent. Read More

  • Checks and Balances: Bank Overdraft Policies Matter

    This interactive tool follows three typical people—Mike, Sarah, and Jen—as they go about their day. They are all responsible with money, but their budgets are a little tight. We will explore how, depending on where they bank, their experiences with overdraft fees can differ dramatically, and why it pays to know your institution's policies and practices. Click on a character to start. Read More

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