|Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau|
August 1, 2011 – January 4, 2012
|Preceded by||Elizabeth Warren|
|Succeeded by||Richard Cordray (Director)|
|Born||March 31, 1971|
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (BS)|
Harvard University (JD)
Rajeev V. Date is an American businessman, attorney, and venture capital investor who served as Deputy Director and Special Advisor for the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He had previously served in a variety of leadership positions at the Bureau, including several months as the startup agency's leader, as the Special Advisor to the United States Secretary of the Treasury. He is credited with guiding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's early strategic, operational, and policy initiatives.
Early life and education
Date graduated from the UC Berkeley College of Engineering in 1992, with Highest Honors as the Department Citation recipient for Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; he also earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Prior to joining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he worked as a senior vice president at Capital One and as a managing director at Deutsche Bank. He had begun his business career at the global consultancy McKinsey & Company, where he worked in the Financial Institutions Group. Date then felt an interest in getting involved in public policy: “The only things I really knew anything about -- bank balance sheets, consumer credit, capital markets -- all of that was relevant from a public policy point of view in the spring of 2009” he said in an interview with Finance-Re-Wired. He left the banking industry in 2009 to start the Cambridge Winter Center, a nonprofit think tank devoted to promoting the regulation of financial firms.
Date joined the CFPB in February 2011 as associate director of research, markets and regulations, where he oversaw work on consumer finance sectors including credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, checking and savings accounts, payday lending, and credit reporting. Date expected putting together the CFPB to be a 2-3 month endeavor, but was asked by Warren and Treasury to lead “the guts of the policy apparatus.” He succeeded Elizabeth Warren as special advisor when she stepped down on August 1, 2011 to run for Senate. His appointment came with controversy, as it was reported that prior to joining, Date had an active role in the talks over the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act while being on the Board of Directors of Prosper Marketplace, which sought to make changes to the legislation. Date was never found to be in violation of any laws and he had always recused himself from rule-making regarding peer-to-peer lending. Date resigned from the CFPB in 2012, and was succeeded by Richard Cordray, the first Director of the agency. Date later described early CFPB as a start-up and a post-merger environment. He described the goals of the agency as twofold: “To create tangible value for people who interact with the financial services system -- in other words, to really kind of help markets create value for people. It seems so pedestrian now, but coming out of the heels of the crisis it was sort of novel.” But also to “build a great institution: something that was going to have a culture and norms and talent, and a reputation for trying to do the right thing, and to try to do it in the right way.”
After leaving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Date founded Fenway Summer Ventures, a hybrid advisory and venture investment firm based in Washington, D.C. Speaking about his hybrid venture capital and advisory firm, Date told American Banker, “At the time that I left Treasury and CFPB in 2013, the observation was ‘golly! There’s a lot going on in fintech right now!’” Part of Fenway Summer Ventures is FS Vector, a spinoff firm that advises fintechs on the regulatory process: “Our public policy services assist clients with government relations strategies and educating policymakers.” Date is the co-founder and senior advisor of FS Vector. The advocacy component of FS Vector employs former lobbyists, and offers services in “Messaging and public affairs,” “Reputation and crisis management,” “Crafting policy goals and execution,” and “Political and regulatory intelligence.” He serves on a number of boards of directors, including those of the digital mortgage firm Better.com, marketplace lender Prosper Marketplace, the student lender College Ave, the cryptocurrency firm Circle, and the bank holding company Green Dot Corporation. Date also chairs the investment committee at Fenway Summer Ventures, and counsels clients through the advisory firm FS Vector.
- "Treasury Department Announces Senior Hires for CFPB Implementation Team". Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. February 17, 2011.
- "Rajeev Date replaces Elizabeth Warren on the CFPB". Siliconindia.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
- "Finance Rewired". FS Vector. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
- Dennis, Brady (July 26, 2011). "Raj Date to replace Elizabeth Warren at consumer bureau". The Washington Post.
- "Raj Date". Cambridge Winter Center. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- "Adviser to Consumer Agency Had Role in Lending". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
- "Consumer Bureau Readies Its New Financial Rules". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
- "Raj Date Is The Best Thing To Happen To Consumers Since Elizabeth Warren". OurFuture. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
- "Mick Mulvaney was 'a disaster' as CFPB chief: Raj Date". American Banker. 2019-02-26. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
- "Advocate". FS Vector. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
- "Consumer Bureau's No. 2 to Leave Agency". The Wall Street Journal.
- newsbtc (2014-04-17). "Former CFPB Deputy Director Raj Date Sees Promise in Bitcoin". NewsBTC. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
- "Fmr. CFPB Official: Long way to go to protecting personal data". MSNBC.com. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
| Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau