Ramon Looby joined the Maryland Bankers Association in January 2021 as President and CEO of the only professional association representing commercial banks and thrifts in Maryland. Founded in 1896, the mission of the Maryland Bankers Association is to promote the strength and success of Maryland banks and bankers.
He has been recognized as a leading government relations strategist with extensive experience navigating complex policy issues among diverse stakeholders across the United States.
Previous to his appointment as the MBA’s President & CEO, Mr. Looby served as Senior Vice President and Public Policy Lead at the Bank of America Corporation. There he was responsible for directing the company’s public policy strategy and implementing it on a regional basis, serving as a trusted advisor to senior leaders and market executives while directing the firm’s relationship with federal, state and local officials.
Previously, Looby spent several years managing a broad portfolio of policy issues for the Consumer Data Industry Association, testifying regularly before legislative and regulatory officials while developing a variety of strategic campaigns on behalf of industry interests.
Looby also served as Secretariat General for the World Consumer Credit Reporting Conference, where he held leadership responsibility for planning, budgeting and executing the bi-annual multi-million dollar international event.
Earlier, as Special Advisor to the United States Chamber of Commerce, he primarily dealt with international affairs and trade policy with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. A lifelong proponent of public service, Looby began his career as a Public Information & Education Officer with the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department.
Until his appointment as MBA's President & CEO, Mr. Looby held the position of Vice Chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association, while simultaneously sitting on the boards and councils of several economic development and educational nonprofit organizations, including the University of Florida Alumni Association, National Safe Place Network, Food on The Stove, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Looby is a recognized thought leader and sought-after public speaker. He has delivered keynote addresses to a wide range of notable organizations, including the Association of Consumer Credit Information Suppliers, Equifax, American Bankers Association, South Carolina Bar Association, American Financial Services Association, National Urban League, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, University of Florida and the Washington Post.
Looby completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Florida. In 2016, he was honored with the University’s Association of Black Alumni’s “40 under 40” award for his professional and civic achievements. In 2018, he received the Corporate Image and Achievement Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators
"Financial education – one of several solutions to helping our communities make better financial decisions – should begin at a young age. Research suggests that most families lack the skills or the time to teach their children about financial wellness and provide them with the tools to navigate the marketplace. It is imperative to introduce the foundations of personal finance early in a school setting, the same way we do with other subjects." - Maryland Bankers Association President and CEO Ramon Looby, along with Maryland Council on Economic Education Executive Director Julie Weaver, on financial education in a Washington Post op-ed.21 July 2022
"I am focused on ensuring there are more opportunities for folks who come from communities like mine to reach leadership opportunities in the sector and to have better exposure to what those careers are. We are making sure that our banks and our bankers are supported in this time of recovery," – President and CEO of Maryland Bankers Association Ramon Looby in conversation with Citizen Weekly in Chicago.21 July 2022