Marla Blow joins the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, the company’s philanthropic hub, as Senior Vice President and lead for social impact in North America. In this critical role, Marla will build strategies, partnerships and programs that advance the Center’s priorities to promote financial security; make economic development more inclusive; support the economic mobility of workers; and leverage the power of data for good.
With nearly a decade of experience in entrepreneurship and financial inclusion work, Marla most recently served as Founder and CEO of FS Card Inc., a credit card venture designed to move small dollar loan customers into a more affordable product. Prior to that, Marla was a part of the Implementation Team that stood up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) where she served as Assistant Director for Card and Payment Markets and was responsible for policy related to the credit card, prepaid card, and payments industries.
Marla serves on the Board of Care.com, LIFT-DC, FinRegLab, and previously served on the Board of FactorTrust, a provider of underbanked consumer data. Ms. Blow won the EY Mid Atlantic Emerging Company Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2018 and has been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. She is a Henry Crown Fellow as part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Marla holds an MBA from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.