Ken Ross has extensive experience working in the political and regulatory arenas at the state and national level with an emphasis on the financial service sector. After graduating from the U of M-Dearborn, double-majoring in Philosophy and Political Science, Ken ran his first successful state house campaign and began working as Chief of Staff for a State House member, working on insurance, banking, local government and election law. He attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School at night and earned his law degree, cum laude, then taking a job as an Assistant Attorney General working as a litigator in the Tort Defense Division.
In 2000, Ken was hired by the Michigan Credit Union League as the Regulatory Affairs Director and spent three years working on rewriting the Michigan Credit Union Act, which remains one of the most progressive state credit union acts in the nation. In 2003 he was named Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation, and in 2008 was appointed Commissioner, serving as the Chief Financial Regulator for Michigan, leading the agency of over 350 staff and a budget of over $50 million during the financial turmoil that upended the economics around the globe.
Ken Served as Assistant General Counsel for Citizens Bank from 2011-2013, leading their Consumer Compliance and CRA team along with helping negotiate a Department of Justice fair lending settlement agreement, which he administered for the bank. In 2013 he returned to Michigan Credit Union League as EVP/COO, responsible for the trade association operations, including Government Affairs, Education and Communications. He also serves on the Wharton Center's Advisory Council.
Ken lives in Lansing with his partner, Brian Huggler and their twin daughters.
Commissioner Ross was appointed to the Board of Commissioners on July 1, 2015 and his term ends June 30, 2019.
Committee Assignments include: Committee of the Whole and Chair of the Finance Committee.