In May of 2021, Cliff Andrews joined CDRI to serve as its Executive Director, and he became CEO in December 2022 due to the growth and evolution of the association. He is responsible for oversight and management of CDRI’s corporate governance, membership ROI, and legislative activities, as well as executing the Board’s strategic vision. Cliff’s passion for collaboration and member engagement are positioning CDRI as a driver of positive change for the debt relief industry and its customers.
With more than 20 years of experience serving as a chief advocate and advisor to non-profit trade associations on public policy issues management, coalition building, and mission-focused association management, Cliff has earned a stellar reputation for engaging constructively with diverse people and building productive relationships. He consistently works in a bipartisan manner with Congress, regulators, and private sector stakeholder groups. He leverages his extensive background on financial services issues including providing access to financial solutions for under-served consumers, small-dollar lending regulation, fintech lending, privacy, data security, consumer credit reporting, annuity distribution, advisor fiduciary standards, and retirement savings policy to champion innovative strategies for protecting and promoting the debt relief industry.
Cliff holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University, and a Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives. He is a true “Washingtonian,” born and raised in the nation’s capital. Cliff lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, son, and Huskies.