Dietra L. Ford, who was a member of President Bill Clinton's transition team, will become president and chief executive of the Thrift Depositor Protection Oversight Board, which sets policies for the Resolution Trust Corp. That job was previously held by Peter Monroe, a Republican.
Ms. Ford, who is black, would be the first minority to have such a high-ranking federal post in the banking or thrift industries. She is currently a senior legislative associate for the House Committee on the District of Columbia, where she has worked since 1975.
She also has served as a commissioner of the National Capitol Planning Commission.
Edward C. Sylvester Jr., who directed the D.C. committee's majority staff before retiring, said Ms. Ford is "extremely bright, very personable, and a hard worker.
"I'd be suprised if there any administrative jobs she couldn't do well," he said.