Al Ciafre

Al Ciafre

Managing Vice President, Regulatory Relations


Capital One

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
In college in the 1980s, I was enamored with international politics and the Cold War, in particular.
So I majored in Political Science with an emphasis in international policy.
I continued school with a Masters degree in Public and International Affairs and Russian Language.
I wanted to build bridges between nations and spent the 1990s working in the former Soviet Union.
I worked on a bunch of projects aimed at promoting democracy and small business development.
I then received an MBA because I wanted to learn more about finance and the capital markets.
I joined Capital One after school and spent 17 years in capital markets in corporate treasury.
Finally, I wanted to apply my skills learned to date in a new role and joined regulatory relations.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
graduate
Graduate
Public Policy / International Affairs / Soviet Studies
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Maryland-Baltimore
Career

Career

Managing Vice President, Regulatory Relations

Manage the Company's relationship with its banking regulators

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

A great day is one in which I can leave at the end of the day knowing I have learned something new and or made a positive difference in the lives of people around me, whether they be members of my team or my business partners in the company. The nature of my daily work is to collaborate with so many teams across the organization to prepare and execute on regulatory engagements. Additionally, I often engage with the industry on regulatory policy advocacy on a range of issues.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Good listening and empathy are key to solving problems and negotiating positive outcomes. Recognize that there are multiple perspectives to any problem; just when you think that you know the answer to an issue, ask yourself if there's another way to look at it. Be comfortable not knowing everything. No one does. Take comfort in knowing more when you get home than you did when you woke up in the morning. Bring your best to work, every day.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Pursue a degree in public policy, social sciences or business.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
graduate
Graduate
Public Policy / International Affairs / Soviet Studies
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"You shouldn't study Russian because it's too hard."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student