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Randal Quarles

Randal K. Quarles

  • Vice Chair for Supervision, Board of Governors, 2017–

Randal K. Quarles took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in October 2017 to fill an unexpired term ending in January 2018.  In addition, Quarles was sworn in as Vice Chair for Supervision in October 2017 and his term for that position ends in October 2021.

Quarles was born in September 1957. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1981 with a degree in philosophy and economics and earned a law degree from Yale Law School in 1984.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Quarles was founder and managing director of the Cynosure Group, a Utah-based investment firm. Before founding that firm, he was a partner at The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm based in Washington, D.C.

From September 2005 to November 2006, Quarles served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. Prior to serving as Under Secretary, he was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs from April 2002 to August 2005. During his tenure, Quarles served as policy chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Prior to joining the Department of the Treasury, he was the U.S. Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund from August 2001 to April 2002.

From January 1991 to January 1993, Quarles served in the Treasury Department as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury for Banking Legislation and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions. Prior to, and in between, his service at the Department of the Treasury, he was a partner at Davis, Polk & Wardwell, serving in their New York and London offices.

Quarles is married with three children.


Written by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. See disclaimer.

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