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List of Chairmen of the FDIC

Last Updated: August 23, 2018

Jelena McWilliams

June 5, 2018 - Present

Jelena McWilliams was sworn in as the 21st Chairman of the FDIC on June 5, 2018. Previously, Ms. McWilliams was executive vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary for a regional bank; chief counsel on the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; assistant chief counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and an attorney at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and in private practice. One of Chairman McWilliams' key initiatives at the FDIC is Trust through Transparency to make the FDIC more accessible, understandable, and responsive.

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Past Chairmen

Martin J. Gruenberg

July 9, 2011 – November 28, 2012
(Acting)
November 29, 2012 – June 5, 2018

Sheila C. Bair

June 26, 2006 – July 8, 2011

Martin J. Gruenberg

November 16, 2005 – June 26, 2006
(Acting)

Donald E. Powell

August 29, 2001 – November 15, 2005

John N. Reich

July 12, 2001 – August 29, 2001
(Acting)

Donna A. Tanoue

May 26, 1998 – July 11, 2001

Andrew C Hove, Jr.

June 1, 1997 – May 26, 1998
(Acting)

Ricki R. Tigert

October 7, 1994 – June 1, 1997

(Name changed to Ricki Tigert Helfer from January 7, 1995, and then to Ricki Helfer from May 8, 1995)

Andrew C Hove, Jr.

August 20, 1992 – October 7, 1994
(Acting)

William Taylor

October 25, 1991 – August 20, 1992

Andrew C Hove, Jr.

October 17, 1991 – October 25, 1991
(Acting)

L. William Seidman

October 21, 1985 – October 16, 1991

William M. Isaac

August 3, 1981 – October 21, 1985

Irvine H. Sprague

February 7, 1979 – August 2, 1981

John G. Heimann

August 16, 1978 – February 7, 1979
(Acting)

George A. LeMaistre

June 1, 1977 – August 16, 1978

Robert E. Barnett

March 18, 1976 – June 1, 1977

James E. Smith

March 16, 1976 – March 18, 1976
(Acting)

Frank Wille

April 1, 1970 – March 16, 1976

William B. Camp

March 9, 1970 – April 1, 1970
(Acting)

Kenneth A. Randall

April 21, 1965 – March 9, 1970

Joseph W. Barr

January 22, 1964 – April 21, 1965

James J. Saxon

August 4, 1963 – January 22, 1964
(Acting)

Erle Cocke, Sr.

January 20, 1961 – August 4, 1963

Jesse P. Wolcott

September 17, 1957 – January 20, 1961

Ray M. Gidney

September 6, 1957 – September 17, 1957
(Acting)

Henry E. Cook

May 10, 1953 – September 6, 1957

Maple T. Harl

January 5, 1946 – May 10, 1953

Preston Delano

October 15, 1945 – January 5, 1946
(Acting)

Leo T. Crowley

February 1, 1934 – October 15, 1945

Walter J. Cummings

September 11, 1933 – February 1, 1934