Linda A. Lacewell is the third Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services. DFS supervises the activities of nearly 1,500 banking and other financial institutions with assets of more than $2.6 trillion and more than 1,800 insurance companies with assets of more than $4.7 trillion, totaling $7.3 trillion. A member of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s cabinet, Superintendent Lacewell has dedicated her career to serving the public. Since taking office in 2019, Superintendent Lacewell has: fostered cooperation and collaboration with the Department’s international counterparts to safeguard the global financial system and committed to fighting climate change, taken bold steps to ensure that the financial risks from climate change are integrated into the financial services industry. Protected consumers and supported the financial services industry through the COVID-19 crisis as a member of Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Taskforce, has strengthened DFS’s reputation as a national leader in consumer protection, appointing the Department’s first Consumer Advocate and Consumer Protection Task Force, she has supported innovation and strengthened cybersecurity in the financial services industry by creating Research and Innovation and Cybersecurity divisions at the department, championed financial inclusion and diversity – bringing bank branches into underserved areas across New York State, creating a committee to promote women leadership in financial services, and hiring a diverse and talented leadership team.
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