A former state regulator has joined the executive ranks of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the organization announced.
   Virginia Jo Dunlap, a former deputy commissioner of the California Department of Corporations and chief of its enforcement division, will become a senior member of the CFP Board's executive team starting August 1.
   Dunlap, a civil litigator prior to joining government service, coordinated California's investigations with state and federal regulators during the analyst conflict of interest cases and led the defense when state-licensed operating subsidiaries of national banks sued the state claiming federal preemption prevented state regulation of those businesses, according to the CFP Board.
   She is a graduate of the University of Nevada with a bachelor's degree in journalism and holds a juris doctor degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
   "Jo Dunlap's experience as a policy, enforcement and administrative leader in California state government will serve her well at CFP Board and we look forward to working with her," said Sarah Ball Teslik, CEO of the CFP Board. "Her experience will be particularly valuable in dealing with our external stakeholders, especially contacts from the 300-plus CFP Board-Registered Programs and the large financial service firms."
   Dunlap's exact role and title have not yet been established but she will be involved in projects related "to our obligations to serve the public," said CFP Board spokeswoman Mauricia Hannaman.
   "Having left a career in public service, I am proud to join CFP Board as it gives me an opportunity to serve the public good in the private arena where raising public awareness about the benefits of financial planning is a top priority of the organization," Dunlap said.