Management Team

Management Team

Christopher P. Chapman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris has served as president and chief executive officer of AccessLex Institute since January 2008 and joined its Board of Directors in 2012.

Immediately prior to joining AccessLex, Chris was the president and chief executive officer of ALL Student Loan, a California-based nonprofit student loan provider, from 2001 to 2007. Earlier, he served as vice president of Student Loan Funding Resources, a student loan originator and secondary market, and as director of its joint venture loan servicing company. From 1999–2000, Chris practiced law as a senior attorney with Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP, working in its corporate, public finance and higher education practice areas. His early career was spent in the policy arena as special assistant and policy counsel for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Chris has served on numerous nonprofit boards, committees and task forces throughout his career, most recently as a member of the American Bar Association’s Task Force of the Future of the Financing of Legal Education and the University of Cincinnati College of Law Board of Visitors.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Xavier University, his post-baccalaureate Certificate in finance and accounting from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Chris is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Charles Albano

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Charles is responsible for developing, evaluating and implementing the company’s strategic direction, operational plan and key strategic decisions. He is also responsible for providing vision, leadership and administrative oversight for major company functions including Accounting and Finance, Investment Portfolio Management, Student Loan Operations, Risk Management, Information Technology, and Facilities. Charles joined AccessLex Institute in 2013.

Prior to joining AccessLex, Charles held positions at Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse, JPMorgan Chase, PNC and Applied Card Systems, a privately-held financial services entity. Over his 25+ years of business and financial services experience, he has directed all business life cycles of consumer lending companies: from de novo startup to emerging market/hyper-growth, to turnaround and workout, and through profitable liquidation. Having served in capacities spanning president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and general manager, Charles couples executive leadership, operations management, financial stewardship and administrative governance with an exemplary record of public relations and regulatory compliance.

Charles has served in a multitude of not-for-profit and for-profit BOD capacities, and is a current board member of the Delaware Guidance Service, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, and a church lector.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Arizona. He is a certified public accountant and an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Debra C. Swartz

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Debbie is responsible for the organization’s legal, internal audit, compliance and human resources functions. Debbie joined AccessLex Institute in 2013.

Prior to joining Access Group, Debbie was associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a national pharmaceutical distributor; and in private practice as a complex commercial litigator. She speaks regularly on a variety of legal and compliance topics, including records and information management, e-discovery and social media.

Debbie has served in several not-for-profit board of director roles and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group and the Forum of Executive Women. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in history, and received her Juris Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Cynthia Cassity

Vice President, Education and Strategic Engagement

Cynthia provides leadership and oversight for the AccessLex Center for Education and Financial Capability, as well as for the company’s Strategic Engagement and Student and School Services functions. She is responsible for the overall management and execution of financial education curriculum and resource development, enhancement of audience and stakeholder confidence and commitment, integrated marketing and brand awareness activities, communications, public relations, and corporate meetings and events.

Cynthia worked in numerous marketing and communications-related roles prior to joining AccessLex Institute in 2005. She has held positions with Grey Advertising, the American College of Physicians, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), The Catalyst Group, and was principal of her own successful meetings and events planning company. Her 25-year marketing career spans the association, corporate and international markets.

Cynthia earned her Bachelor’s degree in communications with emphases in journalism and speech from Ithaca College, receiving a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship for academic excellence and professional promise in the field of journalism. Throughout her career, Cynthia also achieved the Certified Meeting Professional designation, and most recently, a certificate in nonprofit board management.

Mary Chan

Vice President, Information Technology

Mary joined AccessLex Institute in October 2005.

Prior to joining AccessLex, Mary held positions in data management, application development, infrastructure, vendor management and knowledge management for J.P. Morgan, Bank One, and I4 Commerce (Bill Me Later). In addition to over 20 years of technology management experience in the financial services industry, Mary’s international experience includes serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps and working on other international consulting projects.

She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

David Getty

Vice President, Risk Management and Financial Analysis

David is responsible for the company’s credit and default portfolio, along with recoveries and portfolio preservation. David joined AccessLex Institute in 2015.

Prior to joining AccessLex, David worked for some of the largest financial institutions in the tristate area: J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Fleet and MBNA. David’s extensive work experience spans 25 years in the areas of credit, marketing, internal audit, vendor management, collections and business control risk management. In addition, David spent the last 15 years managing the risk and performance of default portfolios in excess of $100 billion dollars.

David has a Master of Business Administration from Wilmington University, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Delaware. He has coached American Legion baseball, and currently coaches Catholic Youth League basketball.

David Ramage

Vice President, Investments and Corporate Development

David is responsible for leading investment activities for AccessLex Institute, including investment strategy and asset allocation. In addition, David helps to develop and implement the company’s corporate development activities. David joined AccessLex in July 2014.

Prior to joining AccessLex, David served as managing director of Evolution Capital, where he was a co-portfolio manager for the firm’s investment strategies. His prior experience includes portfolio management positions with StoneRidge Investment Partners, Emerald Advisors and Advent Capital Management. David was also a manager with Ernst & Young Management Consulting’s financial advisory practice.

David has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.