Adrienne A. Harris

Senior Research Fellow, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Adrienne Harris was most recently the Chief Business Officer and General Counsel of States Title, Inc., a San Francisco-based, insur-tech start-up for which she is now an Advisor. She joined the company as a founding executive and was part of the team that acquired the nation’s sixth largest incumbent title insurer, increasing States Title’s value more than 10x in 20 months. In January 2019, she will begin work as a Gates Foundation Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Finance, Law and Policy at the University of Michigan. She also will work advising and investing with a large venture capital firm.

Adrienne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the Bank Director FinXTech Advisory Board, as a Network Leader for Village Global, on the NYU Stern School of Business’ Fintech Advisory Board of the Fubon Center for Technology, Business, and Innovation, and as a Term Member on the Council of Foreign Relations. She also serves as an Advisor to several fintech and financial services companies.

Before joining States Title, Adrienne was Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council in the Obama White House, where her portfolio included financial reform, financial technology, cyber security, consumer protection, and housing finance reform. At the White House, Adrienne spearheaded the development of the Administration’s fintech strategy, chairing both the Interagency Fintech Working Group and the Administration’s Distributed Ledger Technology Task Force. She came to the White House from the U.S. Department of Treasury where she served as Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary Sarah
Bloom Raskin.

Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Adrienne was an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where her practice included representing financial institutions in complex regulatory proceedings and M&A transactions. While at the firm, Adrienne was tapped to serve as an advisor to Cory Booker’s 2013 Senate campaign and, prior to that, as Deputy Campaign Manager for his mayoral reelection bid in 2010. That same year, she served as Executive Director of the Transition for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Adrienne worked as a Press Secretary in Pennsylvania on President Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008. From 2007 to 2008, she was a Judicial Clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Stephen C. Robinson.

Adrienne earned her M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business with specializations in Economics and Management, her J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where she was a member of the Columbia Law Review, and her B.A. from Georgetown University, where she was a John Carroll Scholar and graduated with honors.