Bimal V. Patel

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Bimal V. Patel
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions
In office
June 2019 – July 2020
Preceded byChristopher Campbell
Personal details
Bimal V. Patel

EducationStanford University (Bachelor of Arts

Bimal V. Patel is an American attorney who served as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council.[1][2] He was one of the “architects” of the emergency $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program in 2020.[1]

Early life and education

Patel, the son of Indian immigrants, was raised in Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia. His father was a peanut farmer in India before immigrating to the United States, where he ran small businesses and taught at Spelman College.[3]

Patel overcame significant health complications and challenges following a three-month premature birth, after which he contracted pneumonia at two weeks old. Doctors predicted that he would not survive, would not grow taller than four feet, and would be permanently incapacitated.[3]

Patel earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.P.P. from Harvard University in 2008.[2][4]


Patel was a partner and head of the Financial Advisory and Regulation Practice at the law firm O'Melveny & Myers, and an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University where he taught banking regulation.[5][6] Patel had previously served as Senior Advisor to Jeremiah Norton, a staff position advising him as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.[5][4]

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Patel joined the Treasury Department in May 2017 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Financial Stability Oversight Council, during which he was a member of leadership responsible for monitoring risks in the U.S. financial system.[3][2]

On September 13, 2018, Donald Trump|President Donald J. Trump nominated Patel to be the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions.[7] After being confirmed by Senate Voice vote|voice vote with no objections, he was sworn into the position on June 20, 2019.[8][9] As Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, he oversaw the Office of Financial Institutions Policy, the Federal Insurance Office, the Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, and the Office of Economic and Community Development.[10][11] During his tenure, Patel worked with the Federal Reserve on its Treasury-financed programs and helped lead the Treasury’s initiatives concerning the banking system.[12][1]

Patel co-led the Treasury Department’s work to implement the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a $660 billion small business loan program established under The CARES Act|Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).[1][12] He was the chief liaison between the Treasury Department and thousands of banks and credit unions making loans in the program.[13]

Patel served at the Treasury Department until July 2020.[1][12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "'Extraordinarily Uncertain' Outlook From Powell". The New York Times. 2020-06-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Weinberger, Evan (4 May 2017). "O'Melveny Partner Tapped To Lead FSOC Staff Amid Review". Law 360. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Barber, C. Ryan (14 February 2019). "Here's the 'Extraordinary' Story of Treasury Nominee Bimal Patel, Ex-O'Melveny Partner". The National Law Journal. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Haniffa, Aziz. "Bimal Patel named to senior post in Dept. of Treasury". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Treasury Said to Hire Staff Chief for Wall Street Risk Council". Retrieved 2020-08-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Trump taps 3 Indian-American experts for key admin posts". Economic Times. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  7. "Trump Nominates Indian-American Bimal Patel To Key Position". Outlook. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  8. "Senate Confirms Lee to SEC, Patel for Treasury". Bloomberg. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  9. "Senate Floor Activity - Thursday, June 20, 2019". United States Senate. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  10. "Keynote Speakers". The FMS Forum Annual Conference. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  11. "Crapo Statement at Nomination Hearing". United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Stein, Jeff. "Exodus from Trump's economic team continues despite fresh fears about new closures and coronavirus crisis". Washington Post.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. Wilkie, Christina (15 July 2020). "Trump is running out of time to craft an economic agenda for reelection as Biden gains ground". CNBC. Retrieved 1 September 2020.

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