Romero Rainey and Balcer lauded for advocacy in support of the nation’s community banks

Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2024) — Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey and ICBA Senior Executive Vice President, Chief of Government Relations and Public Policy Anne Balcer were named to Washingtonian magazine’s 500 Most Influential people feature as part of their banking and finance list. Balcer joins Romero Rainey, who makes her third consecutive appearance on the list for their work to advance community bank-friendly policies and advocate for a balanced and flexible approach to policymaking.

"I feel incredibly privileged to represent the nation's community banks and to raise awareness of their vital contributions to our economy," Romero Rainey said. "I share this honor with Anne, and the entire ICBA team, whose advocacy efforts help further ICBA's goal to create an environment where community banks flourish. I thank Washingtonian magazine for this recognition, and the policymakers who have aided our efforts to ensure a strong, diversified financial sector that benefits every American."

Before being named ICBA President and CEO in 2018, Romero Rainey served as the chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, N.M. She was also president of the Independent Community Bankers of New Mexico in 2007, chairman of the ICBA Minority Bank Council in 2010, and was ICBA chairman in 2016.

A well-respected thought leader and sought-after expert on a wide range of banking topics Romero Rainey has been featured on major broadcast and print media, named for six consecutive years to The Hill’s top lobbyist list, and has testified before Congress, and delivered speeches before the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC.

Balcer, a former community banker and regulatory policymaker, brings a unique perspective to her role as head of ICBA's congressional and government relations team. Experienced in government relations and public policy at the state and federal level, Balcer has testified before Congress, the TARP Oversight Committee and in state and local legislatures.

"We are honored to represent this important facet of our financial system, working with our allies and leadership bankers, to ensure policymakers enact meaningful regulations that safeguard and support community banks and the communities they serve," Balcer said.

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America® has one mission: to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish. We power the potential of the nation’s community banks through effective advocacy, education, and innovation.

As local and trusted sources of credit, America’s community banks leverage their relationship-based business model and innovative offerings to channel deposits into the neighborhoods they serve, creating jobs, fostering economic prosperity, and fueling their customers’ financial goals and dreams. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at