Ricki Tigert Helfer was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) from 1994 to 1997. In that capacity she served on the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and on the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision. She testified for the FDIC before the U.S. Congress nearly thirty times, and she oversaw significant management and governance reforms to the FDIC.
Since then Ms. Helfer has been an independent consultant specializing in financial system reform and regulation in emerging market countries. Most recently she has advised international organizations, such as the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development and nongovernmental organizations, on regulatory issues relating to microfinance institutions. Ms. Helfer was also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, focused on the architecture of International Financial Institutions.
Ms. Helfer has been as a member of several corporate boards of directors, including a Governor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange; LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.; and American Express International Bank.
Ricki Helfer has also been a member of a number of nonprofits boards of directors including the Girl Scouts of the USA from 1995 to 2000 and the Citizens Committee for Children of New York City (CCC) from 2005 to the present. Ms. Helfer was a member of the Social Performance Advisory Committee of the Grameen Foundation US from 2006 to 2012.
Ms. Helfer has a J.D. degree with honors from the University of Chicago Law School; an M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a specialty in international political development; and a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University.