FDIC Chairman McWilliams to Give 2020 Conference Keynote


(COVID-19 Note: The conference planning committee is closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. The health and safety of conference attendees, presenters and speakers are of the utmost priority and the committee will follow guidance from public health officials relating to the safety of attending large events and travelling. A plan is being developed to move the conference to an online format if necessary.)

Jelena McWilliams, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), will give a keynote address as part of the eighth annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference. The conference will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2020, at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. It is co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the FDIC.

McWilliams currently serves as the 21st Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, McWilliams worked in the U.S. Senate for six years, most recently as Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director with the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and previously as Assistant Chief Counsel with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. From 2007 to 2010, McWilliams was an attorney with the Federal Reserve Board. Before entering public service, she practiced corporate and securities law at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto, California, and Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C. McWilliams graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.