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 Teveia Rose Barnes

  • B.A., economics, political science and German studies, Rice University, 1975
  • J.D., New York University, 1978

Ms. Barnes currently serves as the commissioner for California's Department of Financial Institutions, a position to which she was nominated by Governor Jerry Brown in early 2012. She was previously a partner at Foley and Lardner, LLP in San Francisco and prior to joining Foley, Ms. Barnes served as the associate general counsel and senior vice president of Bank of America. She has been a member of the Finance & Financial Institutions Practice Group, focusing on commercial lending, banking finance, and commercial transactions, including syndications and participations, project financing, asset-based lending, equipment finance, workouts, and debtor in possession financing.  Ms. Barnes also serves as president and executive director of Lawyers For One America, a national nonprofit organization responsible for a pro bono law office serving the working poor and providing business and transactional assistance aimed at ensuring economic self-sufficiency to underserved communities.   She also leads LFOA's Diversity Center, which seeks to increase diversity at all levels and within all sectors of the legal profession.

Ms. Barnes has served as a member of the Rice University Board of Trustees since 1997 and currently serves as a co-chair for the Rice Centennial Celebration committee, the chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Nominating committees.   She serves on the boards of directors of the American Conservatory Theater and On Lok, Inc. 

Ms. Barnes' son, Aaron Sankin, graduated from Rice in 2006.  She resides in Tiburon, California with her husband Alan Sankin and son Zachary Sankin.