Niel Willardson, senior vice president and general counsel, oversees the Financial Management Group; the Payments, Standards and Outreach Group; the Corporate Secretary’s Office; and Law.
Niel has been with the Bank since 1990 and has worked in several leadership positions in the Bank, serving as department officer in Human Resources and managing officer in Banking Supervision. In 2000, he joined the Bank’s senior management team and served as senior vice president over Supervision, Regulation and Credit for eight years. He also served as Corporate Secretary from 2009 to 2017. Niel was named general counsel in 2005.
In addition to Reserve Bank responsibilities, Niel serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Minnesota law school and 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 his J.D. from the University of Minnesota.