Special Counsel – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Miranda LeKander (she/her/hers) is Special Counsel on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. She is charged with leading the department’s efforts in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives and serves on the California Leads Steering Committee on Race, Ethnicity & Gender. She also contributes to the Underwriting for Racial Justice taskforce coordinated by Beneficial State Bank.
Previously, Ms. LeKander had been appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Legal Division at the Department of Business Oversight under Governor Jerry Brown, after serving as Senior Counsel and Assistant Chief Counsel in the Enforcement Division since 2007. Before commencing state service, Ms. LeKander practiced insurance defense and was staff counsel at the California District Attorneys’ Association. She has taught workers’ compensation law and legal writing as an Adjunct Professor at Sacramento-area law schools and enjoys mentoring law students and new attorneys.
Ms. LeKander is a member of California Women Lawyers and currently serves on the Judicial Appointments Committee of Women Lawyers of Sacramento. She holds a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. A first-generation college graduate, she double majored in Philosophy and English Literature at the University of San Diego, where she also competed in intercollegiate cross country and rowing.