Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

Karen M. Thomas is senior executive vice president of government relations and public policy for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA). She works with other members of ICBA’s executive management team to shape the association’s policy strategy and advance the interests of more than 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States.

Thomas leads ICBA’s congressional and government relations teams and oversees ICBA’s advocacy initiatives in the legislative, regulatory, lending, accounting and payment system areas. She has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress on behalf of the community banking industry and is quoted frequently on banking issues in the national and trade press.

Thomas has broad experience in financial institutions law, including bank regulatory law, mergers and acquisitions, legislation and litigation. Prior to joining ICBA in 1992 as regulatory counsel, Thomas was a partner at Dann & Thomas, a Washington, D.C. law firm she co-founded.
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Karen Thomas joins Jim Blasingame to report on the PPP forgiveness process, and whether there will be more funds available in the future, including reconciling the EIDL advances.
Karen Thomas joins Jim Blasingame to discuss how banking regulations need to be changed so community banks aren’t harmed by helping millions of small businesses acquire PPP loans.
Karen Thomas joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how community banks stepped up and delivered for millions of small businesses who applied for the PPP money, and are still working to get those loans forgiven.