Founding Chair of the Systemic Risk Council, and former Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Sheila Bair has had a long and distinguished career in government, academia, and finance.
Twice named by Forbes Magazine as the second most powerful woman in the world, she is
perhaps best known as Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) from
2006 to 2011, when she steered the agency through the worst financial crisis since the
Great Depression. For her efforts to protect bank depositors and homeowners during the
crisis, she received the Kennedy Library’s Profiles in Courage Award, and was named “the
little guy’s protector in chief” by Time Magazine. A former finance professor and college
president, Ms. Bair has been nationally recognized for her innovative initiatives to make
college more accessible and affordable. She is a frequent commentator and op-ed
contributor on financial regulation and the student debt crisis, as well as author of the NY
Times Best Seller, Bull by the Horns, her 2012 memoir of the financial crisis.
Ms. Bair currently serves on a number of corporate governing boards, including Host
Hotels, Bunge Ltd., and Fannie Mae, and on the International Advisory Board to the
Santander Group. She also serves on the board of Paxos, a blockchain technology trust
company, and as an advisor to several fintech startups. She is a founding director of the
Volcker Alliance, established by Former Federal Reserve Board Chair Paul Volcker to build
trust in government and is the founding chair of the Systemic Risk Council, which
advocates for financial stability. In addition, she is a Senior Advisor to the Peter G. Peterson
Foundation on financial issues confronting young people.