USA

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Meet the women who are giving back and paying it forward as the dedicated Committee members responsible for managing the Women in Payments USA Awards. 

JENNIFER LUCAS

JENNIFER LUCAS

Chair of Women in Payments Awards Committee, Head of Payments for FSO Americas

Ernst & Young LLP

JENNIFER LUCAS

Industry veteran. Payments trailblazer. Visionary strategist. Driven innovator who holds several patents. Passionate about the future of payments and a globally connected ecosystem, Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience in payments and financial services technology, driving digital adoption and growth. An innovator who previously led the payments strategy at a large US bank, she applies that mindset to help organizations achieve resiliency and set a course forward.

JENNIFER ACOSTA

JENNIFER ACOSTA

Managing Director Industry Head – Technology, Media, and Telecom

J.P. Morgan

JENNIFER ACOSTA

Jennifer is a Managing Director and the Industry Head for the Technology, Media and Telecom sector of Large Corporate Treasury Services at JP Morgan. Jennifer manages the sales strategy and execution of a team that serves the large, global and complex needs of these corporate clients. She is also Co-Chair for Women-on-the-Move across the JP Morgan Payments franchise and remains passionate about advancing career mobility and diversity across the business.

NELL CAMPBELL-DRAKE

NELL CAMPBELL-DRAKE

VP, Federal Reserve Financial Services

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

NELL CAMPBELL-DRAKE

Nell is a vice president in the Retail Payments Office (RPO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She has responsibility for the RPO’s strategic business relations, both domestic and international, vendor relations, payments innovation, product marketing and external/customer communications. She serves as the RPO’s primary liaison for external business relations and outreach, working collaboratively with other Federal Reserve product offices and industry partners.
NELL CAMPBELL-DRAKE

KIRTI CHOUDHARY

Managing Director & Partner

Boston Consulting Group

KIRTI CHOUDHARY

Kirti is a Managing Director & Partner in the New York office of BCG and a core member of the Financial Institutions & Technology & Digital Advantage Practices. Kirti focuses on the topics of Customer Journeys and World Class Digital Channels in Payments. She has worked with banks in the US, Australia, Canada, Middle East, & India on the topics of customer journeys, digitization & operations.

LAURA CLARY

LAURA CLARY

VP, Product Management

Fiserv

LAURA CLARY

Laura is a Senior Director, Product Management in the Enterprise Payments Solutions division at Fiserv. She’s the North America Payments, Product Line Manager with more than 25 years of experience in financial services.

Passionate about payments and payments evolution, she is an Accredited ACH Professional and has served on several industry work groups and councils. She currently serves on the Business Payments Advisory Committee of the Nacha Payments Innovation Alliance.

NELL CAMPBELL-DRAKE

MEGHAN CONNOLLY

Senior VP, Global Client Group

American Express

MEGHAN CONNOLLY

Meghan is currently the Senior Vice President for Global Client Group managing large global merchant relationship with the world’s most influential merchants. Meghan is a strategic thinker, a customer advocate, and a strong relationship manager. She has overseen portfolios creating customer communications strategies, implementing card acquisition and activation programs, and developing customer segmentation strategies. She brings a global perspective having lived and worked in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Singapore.

SILVANA HERNANDEZ

SILVANA HERNANDEZ

Executive VP, Product and Engineering North America

Mastercard

SILVANA HERNANDEZ

Silvana Hernandez is Executive Vice President, Product and Engineering North America for Mastercard. In this role, Silvana leads the go-to-market strategy and execution in North America for Mastercard’s products and services including Digital, Installments, Open Banking, Debit, Push Payments, Cross-Border Payments and Bill Pay.

RYAN RUGG

RYAN RUGG

Global Head of Digital Assets
Treasury and Trade Solutions

Citi

RYAN RUGG

Ryan currently is the Head of Digital Assets for Citibank's TTS business. The TTS team helps enable their global clients by simplifying the management of treasuries, payments and commerce on a day-to-day basis. The client base is broad and diverse; 18,000 clients operating across 95 countries, covering more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies with diverse needs, which includes their journey into digital assets. Ryan is responsible for the strategy and execution of Citi's TTS Digital Asset business.

NICOLE TACKETT

NICOLE TACKETT

Head of Merchant, Corporate & Commercial

Elavon
U.S. Bank Corporate Payment and Treasury Solutions

NICOLE TACKETT

As the Head of Product and Strategy for U.S. Bank Corporate Payment and Treasury Solutions, Nicole is focused on strategy and innovation aimed at digitizing business-to-business payments, driving scale, monetizing new solutions, and leading investment decisions including acquisitions. Across Payments and U.S. Bank, Nicole works as an enterprise advisor for emerging payment use cases. In 2018 and 2021, Nicole was named Most Influential Women in Payments by Payments Source.

TAMMY WILSON

KERRY WELSH

Head of Business Planning & Insights

Wells Fargo

KERRY WELSH

Kerry Welsh is head of Business Planning & Insights on the Consumer Credit Cards & Enterprise Marketing Services team at Wells Fargo. In this role she manages strategy, research, and insights for the Consumer Cards organization, as well strategic planning for Enterprise marketing services, the marketing center of excellence and digital strategies for Wells Fargo.

TAMMY WILSON

TAMMY WILSON

VP

The Clearing House

TAMMY WILSON

Tammy is the Director of Product Innovation at The Clearing House where she works with financial institutions and partners to develop innovation concepts and industry initiatives. Prior to joining The Clearing House, she held product leadership positions with financial technology firms Jack Henry and Computer Services (CSI).

Tammy has also been active in several industry groups such as the Faster Payments Council and NACHA’s Payments Innovation Alliance and Communication.