Deposit insurance legal veteran named executive secretary to FDIC Board

A new executive secretary for the board of the federal insurer of bank deposits was appointed Monday who formerly served an international group of deposit insurance agencies as counselor.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) said Debra Buie Decker was appointed executive secretary and assistant general secretary and heads up the FDIC Office of Executive Secretary (OES). The FDIC said that office organizes and manages meetings of the agency’s board and standing committees, manages compliance with federal laws and rules governing FDIC advisory committees, oversees FDIC regulatory review efforts, and is the official record-keeping and historical unit of the FDIC.

Since March 2020, she served as senior counsel and deputy executive secretary in OES, the agency said. Before that, the agency said, Decker spearheaded a knowledge-management project to ensure continuity of board operations. She earlier served as counsel to deputy general counsels at the FDIC while also serving as counselor to successive presidents and executive council chairs of the International Association of Deposit Insurers, Martin Gruenberg (USA) and Jerzy Pruski (Poland), from 2008 to 2016.

Prior to joining the agency, she served as counsel to the general counsel of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) and counsel to a deputy general counsel of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC). She has also served as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she handled multifamily and commercial real estate development transactions.

Decker received her Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., a Master of Arts degree in political science from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and urban studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

FDIC Announces Executive Secretary Appointment