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Niel Willardson

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary


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 and department officer in Human Resources. 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.

March 2015

Recent Minneapolis Fed Work

The Federal Reserve Act - held in Helena
July 2014 - Conversations with the Fed

The Federal Reserve Act
January 2014 - Conversations with the Fed

Understanding the Fed’s Financials
June 2012 - Conversations with the Fed

Federal Reserve Liquidity Programs: An Update
June 2010 - The Region

Actions to Restore Financial Stability
December 2008 - The Region

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