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Governor Appoints Patel as DFPI Deputy Commissioner of CUs

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Purvi Patel as deputy commissioner of credit unions for the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI).

The DFPI’s deputy commissioner of credit unions position plays a key role in the state regulatory operations and compliance of credit unions chartered in California.

Patel has been serving Self-Help FCU as assistant general counsel since 2022 and was part of the credit union’s executive staff from 2016 to 2022. She was also a senior fellow at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation from 2015 to 2016.

Additionally, Patel was an associate at Buckley Sandler from 2013 to 2015 and a law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico from 2010 to 2012. She was an associate at White & Case from 2008 to 2010, having earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

“We look forward to working with Deputy Commissioner Patel in her new role as state-chartered credit unions continue serving members in their local communities,” said Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

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