Sheila C. Bair served as the 19th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from June 2006 through July 2011. In September 2011, Ms. Bair joined the Pew Charitable Trusts as a Senior Advisor.
Before joining the FDIC, she was the Dean’s Professor of Financial Regulatory Policy for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2002. She also served as assistant secretary for financial institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (2001-2002); senior vice president for government relations of the New York Stock Exchange (1995-2000); a commissioner and acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (1991-1995); and research director to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole (1981-1988).
Chairman Bair has received numerous honors and accolades for her work including the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and twice being named by Forbes Magazine as the second most powerful woman in the world after Germany’s Angela Merkel.
Ms. Bair received a bachelor's degree and a J.D. from the University of Kansas. She is married to Scott P. Cooper and has two children.