About Us

Payments Governance

Nacha brings together diverse stakeholders to develop rules and standards that foster compatibility and integration across a range of payment systems.

  • ACH Network, connecting all U.S. financial institutions, enables secure and efficient movement of money and information directly from one bank account to another. Nacha administers and facilitates private-sector Operating Rules for ACH payments, which define the roles and responsibilities of ACH Network participants.
  • Quest Operating Rules for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) enable the distribution of government benefits regardless of state borders. Government entities incorporate the rules in their contracts with private sector service providers. Nacha administers the Operating Rules and works with all interested parties to develop additional standards for related programs.
  • Healthcare Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) standard supports HIPAA-compliant transactions between health plans and providers that allow for information to travel with the payment, simplifying accounting procedures for providers. Nacha administers the standard.
Interoperability Standards

Afinis Interoperability Standards is Nacha’s membership-based organization that focuses on rapidly delivering APIs and other financial services standards using innovative and agile processes.

Afinis collaborates openly and globally, working with groups around the world to share learning, reduce duplicative efforts, and create implementable, interoperable, portable standards that lessen friction and improve the ability of diverse stakeholders to partner in bringing innovations more quickly to market.

Education and Certification

Working with its member Payments Associations, Nacha offers numerous resources to support financial industry professionals in expanding their skills and knowledge of payment systems.

  • Smarter. Faster. PAYMENTS Conference is Nacha’s annual conference where agility meets ingenuity. This unique industry venue is designed for diverse organizations that are driving innovation, delivering value through new solutions and services, and employing these offerings to meet their business needs and transact with their customers.
  • Payments Institute features a comprehensive four-day curriculum, delivered in a university-style environment that holistically spans the payments ecosystem. Courses include U.S. and international payment mechanisms, business, risk and security concepts and practices, and emerging technologies.
  • The Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) is a professional certification designating that an individual has demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of ACH, a deep understanding of and experience in one or more specific ACH subjects, and a broad knowledge of concepts that relate to the payments system as a whole.
  • The Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) is a professional certification designating that an individual has demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of risk management strategies, concepts, and mitigation techniques within the payments ecosystem, while mastering the complexities of risk management for ACH, check, wire, debit, credit and prepaid cards, and emerging and alternative payments.
  • Nacha Certified is a voluntary accreditation program for Third-Party Sender organizations (companies that use their own financial institution(s) and account(s) to process and settle ACH payments on behalf of other companies) that want to demonstrate to their customers, their banking partners, and their peers that they are meeting standards established by Nacha that signal sound core practices associated with ACH payment processing.
  • Nacha produces the Nacha Operating Rules & Guidelines and other payment-related publications, guides and training materials in hard copy and digital formats, as well as live and prerecorded webinars.
Collaborate to Innovate

Nacha unites diverse provider and end-user organizations to advance understanding and accelerate collaboration around global financial services interoperability and innovation.

  • Nacha Elevation Consulting is Nacha’s consulting arm that helps financial institutions, businesses and other organizations operate more efficiently and capture real savings through the smart integration and optimization of electronic payments. Key areas of expertise include payments strategy, rule writing, customized education, and enablement.
  • The Preferred Partner program enables select innovators to showcase and promote their solutions that uniquely contribute to the payments ecosystem by removing friction, increasing ease, accessibility and efficiency, and/or supporting sound risk management and security for ACH payments.  
  • The Payments Innovation Alliance is a membership group of diverse U.S. and global organizations that come together to support payments innovation through discussion, debate, education, networking and special projects. This collaboration incubates new ideas and initiatives to advance the industry.
  • The Affiliate Program is an entry-level membership option for organizations that want to connect at the national level to stay current and expand their knowledge of the Nacha Operating Rules while also helping to influence and enhance the quality of electronic payments moving through the ACH Network.
Nacha Leadership

Janet O. Estep, President and CEO

Nacha’s President and CEO Jan Estep sets the vision and strategy for the organization. Ms. Estep is responsible for continually advancing the ubiquitous ACH Network by engaging diverse stakeholders to ensure that it remains one of the largest, safest and most reliable payment systems in the world. Ms. Estep also drives Nacha's role in creation of broadly adopted payment and financial messaging rules and standards through consensus-led governance, international collaboration, education, and innovative development practices. Through development of rules, standards, governance, education, advocacy, and in support of innovation, Nacha’s efforts benefit the providers and users of those systems.

As an industry expert and thought leader, Ms. Estep participates on several payments and healthcare organization boards and coordinating bodies, and was named to PaymentsSource’s list of Most Influential Women in Payments each year from 2013-2017, and in 2018 received the Women In Payments Inspiration Award. Prior to joining Nacha, Ms. Estep led the Transaction Services Division at U.S. Bank and previously held positions in technology-intensive companies.

 

Jane Larimer, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

Nacha Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel Jane Larimer is responsible for activities supporting the ACH Network, Nacha membership and industry programs, and all legal matters. Ms. Larimer oversees ACH Network rulemaking, risk and compliance areas, a variety of membership programs in support of payments and outreach, as well broad industry education and communications. Prior to joining NACHA, Ms. Larimer practiced law with the Lending, Banking and Public Finance Group of Bryan Cave LLP, formerly Powell, Goldstein Frazer & Murphy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Governance

NACHA Board of Directors

The officers and voting members on the Board of Directors represent a diverse set of depository financial institution voices and oversee the governance and administration of NACHA as ACH Network administrator and industry trade association. The Board strives to be an advocate for the industry, providing guidance and addressing matters of strategic significance to the ACH Network and national association throughout members’ three-year terms.
 
The Board of Directors:

  • Laura Lee Orcutt, AAP, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Treasury Management, Wells Fargo, Chairperson
  • James M. Morrell, President & Chief Executive Officer, Peninsula Community Federal Credit Union, Vice Chairperson
  • John E. Lucas, CCM, Senior Vice President, Product Management; Director, Treasury Management, Huntington National Bank, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Janet O. Estep, President & Chief Executive Officer, NACHA
  • Michael Bellacosa, Managing Director, Head of Global Payments, BNY Mellon
  • Paul E. Byrne, Head of Deposits Portfolio Management, PNC Bank
  • Kevin J. Christensen, CISA, CRISC, CTGA, Senior Vice President, Market Intelligence & Data Analytics, SHAZAM, Inc.
  • Michael Fossaceca, CCM, Managing Director, North America Region Head for Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citibank, N.A.
  • Charles P. Garcia, CCM, Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Deposits & Treasury Management, Associated Bank, N.A.
  • Joseph W. Hussey, Managing Director, North America Payables & Receivables Product Executive, J.P. Morgan
  • David Kretz, Managing Director, Head of Global Payments, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Laura J. Listwan, AAP, CTP, Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Payments Products, Fifth Third Bank
  • Russell K. Oatman, Senior Vice President, Division Head, Corporate Treasury Services, First National Bank of Omaha
  • Rhonda L. Pavlicek, CPA, MBA, CCUE, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU)
  • Philip Picillo, Esq., CTP, Senior Vice President, Treasury & Payment Solutions, Webster Bank
  • William J. Schoch, President & Chief Executive Officer, WesPay
  • Laura Steele, AAP, President & Chief Executive Officer, ePayResources
  • Lawrence D. Taft, AAP, CTP, Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking & Operations, Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Tynika Wilson, Senior Vice President, Debit Card & Funds Services, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Uma Wilson, AAP, CTP, Executive Vice President, Director of Product Management, UMB Bank, N.A.

The ACH Operator Advisor Representatives to the Board:

  • Keith Melton, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Retail Payments Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Alex C. Romeo, Vice President, EPN Product Manager, The Clearing House

 

NACHA Board Advisory Group

NACHA has continually engaged business end users, processors, solution providers and others through membership programs, industry outreach, and various groups and channels within NACHA rulemaking on the development of the ACH Network and the NACHA Operating Rules. An integral part of this engagement, the NACHA Board Advisory Group is a formal venue for senior executives from a balanced cross-section of non-financial institution entities including fintechs, processors and end users of the ACH Network.

The Board Advisory Group engages directly with members of the NACHA Board of Directors on ACH payment priorities, needs and capabilities from the perspective of end-user clients and technology firms that enable ACH payments. Learnings from this rich engagement help to inform strategic priorities and decision making. The Board Advisory Group is yet another way in which NACHA reaches out and listens to various stakeholders across the payments ecosystem, underscoring its commitment to the direct and inclusive engagement of the payments end-user and solution provider communities.
 
Appointees to the Board Advisory Group are:

  • Charles Ellert, Senior Manager, Payment Strategy & Systems, Verizon Communications, Inc.
  • Kathy Hanna, Senior Director, Enterprise Payments, The Kroger Company 
  • Colleen P. Lindow, CCM, Vice President, Payments, Risk & Compliance, Bill.com
  • Cindy C. Newton, CPA, Managing Director, Melio & Company 
  • Joe Proto, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Transactis
  • Kim Sipes, CTP, Director, Treasury, Duke Energy

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