William Haraf

William Haraf

Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group, LLC

Bill brings an exceptional blend of experience and insights to his work with clients, having been a banker, California’s Commissioner of Financial Institutions, and a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. He works with financial institutions on corporate governance and organizational design, compliance program design and implementation, anti-money laundering programs, senior management reviews, and strategic planning.

Bill’s financial services experience spans the corporate sector, the executive branches of both state and federal government, academia, and think tanks. He earned a reputation as an open, fair, and pragmatic regulator during four years as Commissioner of Financial Institutions in California, leading the agency through a period of economic upheaval both in the state and nationwide. His vast knowledge and understanding of the financial system led to his selection as the state banking supervisors’ representative on the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank Act to foster coordination among financial regulators in order to identify systemic risks to the nation’s financial stability.

Before his appointment to state office, Bill was an independent consultant with Promontory while also serving as a visiting professor of economics and finance for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California-Davis. He worked on a wide array of client engagements at Promontory, in areas that included governance, due diligence, compliance, and strategy.

During nine years with Bank of America, Bill was managing director of Banc of America Securities and senior vice president of strategic policy development and planning for the bank. Earlier, he worked for five years as director of policy analysis for Citicorp.

Bill was J. Edward Lundy Scholar and director of the financial markets project at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He served under President Reagan as senior staff economist and special assistant to the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.


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