Adrienne A. Harris

Professor of the Practice, University of Michigan

Adrienne A. Harris is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Michigan, as well as a Co-Director of the Center for Finance, Law and Policy at the University. Her work covers fintech, central banks, financial inclusion, and inclusive entrepreneurship. Adrienne is an early- and growth-stage investor and advisor, working with fintech, prop-tech, consumer packaged goods, and e-commerce companies.  Adrienne served as a member of the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition team from August 2020 to January 2021. Most recently, Adrienne was the founding Chief Business Officer and General Counsel of States Title (now Doma).

Adrienne currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Brunswick Group, and on the Board of Directors for Beneficial State Bank (a CDFI and certified B-Corp), and Homie, Inc. She also serves as a Limited Partner Advisor to NYCA, and as a Term Member on the Council of Foreign Relations.  She previously served on the International Technology Advisory Panel (ITAP) for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Adrienne was a 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, housing finance reform, affordable housing and inclusive entrepreneurship. 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 the Deputy Secretary.

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 numerous local, state and national political campaigns and transitions. 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.

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