Adrienne Harris is officially superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services—the state’s top financial regulator tasked with overseeing the banking and insurance industries and their compliance with state laws. The state Senate voted to confirm her nomination on Tuesday.
Harris released a statement saying, “I thank Governor Hochul for my nomination. I thank the New York Senate for their confidence and support in my confirmation to serve the great people of New York. I am honored to serve as the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services. As the first African American woman to lead DFS, I am personally committed to working with all stakeholders to build a robust, fair and sustainable financial system, creating a better economic future for all New Yorkers.”
Formerly a top economic advisor to President Obama, Harris worked in the U.S. Treasury Department from 2013 to 2015 and then as a special assistant in the White House until 2017.
Harris replaces Linda Lacewell, a Cuomo appointee, who resigned last year.