Elisse B. Walter


Elisse B. Walter

Director since 2014​

Ms. Walter was appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President George W. Bush and served in that capacity from 2008 until 2013. President Barack Obama designated her as the 30th Chairman of the SEC i​n December 2012, a role she served in until 2013. Prior to her appointment as an SEC Commissioner, she was with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and its predecessor, the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), from 1996 to 2008. She served as Senior Executive Vice President, Regulatory Policy and Programs for FINRA and held the comparable position at NASD before its 2007 consolidation with NYSE Member Regulation. Earlier in her career, she served as the General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1994 to 1996 and as Deputy Director of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance from 1986 to 1994. Among the honors Ms. Walter has received are the Presidential Rank Award (Distinguished), the ASECA William O. Douglas Award, the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence and the Federal Bar Association’s Philip A. Loomis, Jr. and Manuel F. Cohen Awards. She is a member of the Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of the City of New York and the DirectWomen Institute. Ms. Walter serves on the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center and the Board of Governors of FINRA, and as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee and Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee. Ms. Walter formerly served on the on the SASB Foundation Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. She is a noted public speaker before investor, corporate, legal and accounting audiences on securities law, governance, disclosure, sustainability and accounting issues. Ms. Walter holds a B.A. in Mathematics, cum laude, from Yale University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.​​

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