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Barbara E. Keefe Appointed Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel
  • Division of Banks

Barbara E. Keefe was appointed Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel on January 19, 2021.  Ms. Keefe joined the Division of Banks from a two-decade career at State Street Bank and Trust Company where she cultivated significant financial industry, regulatory, and legal experience most recently in her capacity as Managing Director and Managing Counsel in the U.S. Bank Regulatory Legal Group.

Prior to State Street, Ms. Keefe’s financial services experience included practicing bank regulatory and consumer financial services law at the firms of Reed Smith and Goodwin where she worked with financial institution clients on product development and regulation as well as analyzed licensing and compliance matters arising under federal and state consumer financial services laws and regulations. Ms. Keefe has been an adjunct instructor at Northeastern University School of Law, teaching the “Law of Financial Institutions” course. Ms. Keefe holds her Juris Doctor from Boston University’s School of Law and her Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Virginia.

Division of Banks 

The Division of Banks (DOB) is the chartering authority and primary regulator for financial service providers in Massachusetts. DOB's primary mission is to ensure a sound, competitive, and accessible financial services environment throughout the Commonwealth.