Niel Willardson, senior vice president and general counsel, oversees Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Compliance, Financial Management Group, and Law. He also serves as corporate secretary to the Minneapolis Board of Directors.
Niel has been with the Bank since 1990 and has worked in several leadership positions in the Bank, serving as a manager in the Banking Supervision Department, department officer in Human Resources, and managing officer in the Banking Supervision Department. In 2000, he joined the Bank's senior management team and served as senior vice president over Supervision, Regulation and Credit for eight years. Niel was named general counsel in 2005 and corporate secretary in 2009.
In addition to his Reserve Bank responsibilities, Niel serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Minnesota law school, where in 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the Stanley V. Kinyon Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award. Niel received his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota.