Clothilde V. Hewlett
Clothilde “Cloey” V. Hewlett is Commissioner of the California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation (DFPI), the state’s financial regulator.
Commissioner Hewlett was appointed to the position by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2021 and has served California under three different governors, dedicating much of her career to protecting consumers. Serving as Undersecretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and Interim Director of the Department of General Services, she managed numerous state agencies with a wide range of oversight that included procurement, real estate, and consumer affairs. She led the team during California’s 2001 energy crisis, creating the Flex Your Power Campaign. During the events of Sept. 11, 2001, she was responsible for oversight of the state of California Victim Compensation Board, providing support to survivors and families who lost loved ones during the terrorist attack. Prior to her appointment at the California DFPI, Commissioner Hewlett served as a board member for the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). In 2016, she became the second woman and first person of color in over 144 years to serve as Executive Director of the CAA. In her role as Executive Director and Chief Legal Officer, she was responsible for overseeing an organization that serves more than 550,000 alumni of the University of California, Berkeley.
Commissioner Hewlett began her career as a pioneer in law enforcement at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, where she prosecuted high-level crimes and conducted special investigations, including embezzlement and fraud cases. In the DA’s office she was one of the first female peace officers and later became a member of the San Francisco Police Commission. During her tenure in law enforcement, she worked to implement community-based policing and police officer de-escalation training. After leaving law enforcement, she went to the State Bar of California and created the Moral Character Unit for admission to practice law in California, which is still in place today.
She continued her path as a partner at K&L Gates and then Nossaman, LLP, advising national and global corporations, as well as sports teams. She focused on government contracting, crisis management, appropriations, and diversity initiatives. She worked closely with her financial services clients to address the challenges they faced in a regulatory environment and to ensure they provided consumer protection. Commissioner Hewlett developed a successful community partnership model through her work on signature sports and local economic development efforts for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the Sacramento Kings. She also served as the co-chair of the FIRST Community Advisory Council for the Golden1Entertainment Sports Center.
Commissioner Hewlett received a B.A. in political science from the University of California Berkeley and her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law. Throughout her career, she has been committed to and actively involved in raising the next generation of leaders. She was a co-founder and the first president of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California. For over 12 years, she has been a member of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation and is committed to continuing the DFPI’s equity goals to reach underserved communities through proactive consumer education, outreach, and engagement.
The Commissioner has been recognized for her many significant contributions throughout her career and has been honored with an assemblage of awards in recognition of her accomplishments, including the Black Women Lawyers of Northern California Outstanding Achievement Award, the San Francisco Police Department Award for Bravery, CAA’s Excellence in Service Award, the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation Legal Pioneer Award, Silver SPUR Award for Lifetime Civic Achievement, the National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women of California, San Francisco Business Times Forever Influential Honor Roll, and Women Leading Change from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Approved by Kue Lee 12/2/2019