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Jelena McWilliams

Chairman
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Jelena 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, Ohio.  Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Ms. McWilliams worked in the United States Senate for six years, most recently as Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and previously as Assistant Chief Counsel with the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. From 2007 to 2010, Jelena served as an attorney at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.  Before entering public service, she practiced corporate and securities law at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto, California, and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP) in Washington, D.C.  Ms. McWilliams graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and earned her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. 

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