Anna-Marie Tabor, a distinguished attorney with a career dedicated to consumer protection and civil rights, has been selected as the new director of the Pension Action Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Tabor is the Deputy Fair Lending Director for Supervision at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She will leave the federal government in July to lead the center, part of the McCormack Graduate School’s Gerontology Institute. Tabor will succeed long-time director Jeanne Medeiros, who is retiring.
The Pension Action Center (PAC) provides free legal assistance to low- and moderate-income workers, retirees and their survivors in the six New England states and Illinois whose pension benefits have been wrongfully denied. Since its creation in 1994, the center has recovered more than $58 million in pension benefits owed to its clients.
”The PAC has had only two directors in its history — Ellen Bruce and Jeanne Medeiros– and, like them, Anna is deeply committed to social justice,” said Len Fishman, director of the Gerontology Institute.
“Anna’s legal expertise assures that the PAC will continue providing excellent representation to its clients, who have nowhere else to turn for help getting the pension benefits they have earned,” Fishman said.
Tabor has worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Fair Lending & Equal Opportunity since 2011. Previously, she was a senior attorney at the Federal Reserve’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs focused on lending discrimination and served as an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division.
“I’m so excited about this opportunity,” said Tabor. “It’s very humbling to be stepping into Jeanne Medeiros’s shoes as the next director of the center,” said Tabor. “The work the center does makes a huge difference in so many people’s lives.”
Tabor comes to the center with expertise in both legal and economic issues. She holds an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and received her law degree from Harvard Law School.
“I’ve always been interested in economic justice,” she said. “I’m looking forward to serving the center’s clients by helping them improve their financial well-being.”
Tabor lives in Weston with her husband, Quentin Palfrey, and their three children.