Celie Niehaus, CRCM

Managing Vice President Corporate Compliance, Capital One

Celie Niehaus leads Compliance for Capital One Retail and Direct Bank and Enterprise Services, and is the Chief Privacy Officer for the company.

Ms. Niehaus joined Capital One in 2013 and oversees legal and regulatory compliance of Capital One’s Retail and Direct Bank businesses, which are comprised of consumer deposits and lending, small business deposits and lending, Capital One 360, and broker-dealer and insurance sales activities for Capital One Investing. Ms. Niehaus also provides compliance support to the Enterprise Services functions of Digital, Technology, Brand, Enterprise Supplier Management, Workplace Solutions, and Capital One Growth Ventures. Further, she serves as a Regional Executive Sponsor for Capital One’s OutFront (LGBTQ) Business Resource Group and represents Capital One’s sponsorship of Out Leadership (Executive Master Class) and Out & Equal (Executive Forum).

Prior to joining Capital One, Ms. Niehaus spent ten years at E*TRADE Financial as the Bank Chief Compliance Officer, Global Privacy Officer, and head of philanthropic giving. Her responsibilities included the identification, assessment, and mitigation of regulatory risk, as well as community investment for banking entity solutions and services. She also managed the company’s relationships with regulatory agencies and numerous community and non-profit organizations. Further, she served as site leader for the E*TRADE Arlington facility and over 300 staff, which involved organizing employee events, charitable contributions, volunteer opportunities, company communications, and disaster recovery circumstances.

Prior to her tenure with E*TRADE, Ms. Niehaus was Director of the Financial Institutions Practice for the consulting firm, Jefferson Wells (now Experis). Previous to consulting, she held many compliance roles during her 13 years at Bank One (now JPM Chase) such as the National Compliance Manager for First USA and WingspanBank.com, where she established compliance functions for the subsidiaries. She also provided compliance support to Commercial, Business, Real Estate, Private, and International Banking Groups at Bank One.

Ms. Niehaus serves as President of the National History Day Board of Trustees, Chair of Operation HOPE’s Banking On Our Future Advisory Board, on the Signature Theatre Board (Arlington, VA), and participates in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (Washington, DC) program. Previously, she served as special advisor to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment of the US President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and as Chair and Vice Chair of Operation HOPE’s Mid-Atlantic and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s Boards, respectively. Ms. Niehaus also served on the Networking for Teaching Entrepreneurship DC Board, Clinton Global Initiatives of America’s Financial Inclusion – Working Girls and Women Strategy Groups and the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security and Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Groups. Additionally, she was the Muscle Coach (aka Chair) for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Washington, DC) for the 2010 and 2011 Heartsongs Galas and a Mattie JT Stepanek Heartsongs recipient in 2012. Ms. Niehaus is active with youth through mentoring, teaching financial literacy, and coaching young entrepreneurs.

She has a Business Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and is a graduate of the ABA’s National and Graduate Compliance Schools. She has also earned the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manger designation from the Institute for Certified Bankers.

Ms. Niehaus and her wife, Tabitha, reside in Washington, DC, where they are active in the community through National History Day, Food & Friends, and the Human Rights Campaign. They are passionate about travel, and thoroughly enjoy living in the nation’s capital where they take full advantage of the thriving theater and performing arts.

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