Ed McFadden, who previously served as secretary for communications for the Archdiocese of Washington, has been named vice president of communications for the American Financial Services Association, the national trade association for the consumer credit industry.

McFadden served as spokesman for the Archdiocese as it faced the controversy surrounding whether or not its Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, knew of abuse allegations concerning his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick.

He was previously vice president for global public policy communications at Verizon Communications, handling media relations for public policy, national security issues and other legal matters.

Before that, McFadden was senior adviser and chief speechwriter to attorney general John Ashcroft, as well as a member of the President’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. He has also served as deputy features editor for the Wall Street Journal and a senior editor at Reader’s Digest.

At AFSA, McFadden will work to expand the association’s mission of ensuring access to safe consumer credit products.

“Ed brings a depth of high-level and strategic communications experience that will take AFSA’s prominence to the next level, and help advance access to credit for all Americans,” said AFSA president & CEO Bill Himpler.