About the Director
Scott Jarvis, Director
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI)
Scott Jarvis was appointed the Director of the Department of Financial Institutions by former Governor Chris Gregoire in March 2005 and was reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee on February 18, 2013.
Scott has more than 35 years of experience as a financial regulator in Washington State.
As the director of DFI, Scott focuses on fostering policies that provide a healthy and predictable regulatory environment and promote economic vitality. Scott actively supports efforts to maintain the attractiveness and viability of the state bank and credit union charters, provide a fair and dynamic lending environment, and enable small business capital formation.
Scott is committed to protecting consumers and investors from fraudulent and predatory lending practices and believes those involved in such activities should be held personally accountable for their unlawful actions. Scott believes in the value of creating financially literate communities. Under his direction, DFI supports a variety of financial education programs for Washington residents of all ages through private, non-profit, and public partnerships.
Scott is an attorney and native New Yorker. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and his professional degree in law from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law. Scott was selected to serve as a 2012-2013 board member and chair of the legislative committee for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.