Global Conference 2010
Commissioner, Department of Financial Institutions, State of California
William Haraf is the Commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions. He is also on the executive committee of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. Prior to his swearing in, Haraf was an independent consultant with the Promontory Financial Group and a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. Previously he was managing director and chief of staff at Banc of America Securities; senior vice president of strategic policy development and planning for Bank of America; director of policy analysis with Citicorp; and the J. Edward Lundy Scholar and director of the Financial Markets Project at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. In addition, Haraf served as special assistant to the chairman and senior staff economist to the President′s Council of Economic Advisors in the Reagan administration, and he was an assistant professor of economics at Brown University. Haraf received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle.