FMQ 2020 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein

Title: Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman
Affiliation: The Carlyle Group

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $221 billion from 31 offices around the world.

Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Constitution Center, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum; a Director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and President of the Economic Club of Washington.

Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the American Philosophical Society, Business Council, Harvard Global Advisory Council (Chairman), Madison Council of the Library of Congress (Chairman), Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Business School at Harvard, Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University (former Chairman), and Board of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community

Mr. Rubenstein has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and the Smithsonian Institution, and Co-Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge, a significant donor to all of the above-mentioned non-profit organizations, and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards.

Mr. Rubenstein has been a leader in the area of Patriotic Philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of the Washington Monument, Monticello, Montpelier, Mount Vernon, Arlington House, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the National Zoo, the Library of Congress, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Rubenstein has also provided to the U.S. government long-term loans of his rare copies of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the first map of the U.S. (Abel Buell map), and the first book printed in the U.S. (Bay Psalm Book).

Mr. Rubenstein is the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS, and Leadership Live with David Rubenstein by Bloomberg Media; and the author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians, a book published by Simon & Schuster in October 2019, and How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers, a book published by Simon & Schuster in September 2020.

Mr. Rubenstein, a native of Baltimore, is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated in 1973 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.

From 1973-1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1975-1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).

Henry Fernandez

Henry Fernandez (B’79)

Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: MSCI

As MSCI’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Fernandez has led the firm for over two decades to its position today as a premier provider of indexes and portfolio construction and risk management tools for institutional investors. MSCI has revenues of over USD 1.4 billion and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Headquartered in New York, and with 32 offices in 21 countries, MSCI is a central connecting point for the global investment industry. MSCI’s clients are the world’s largest investors, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, mutual funds, ETF providers, hedge funds, and banks. The firm has pursued a successful growth strategy, both organically and through the acquisition of market-leading brands such as Barra and RiskMetrics, and by developing an integrated set of industry-standard offerings to meet the rapidly-changing needs of sophisticated global investors.

Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Fernandez was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in emerging markets business strategy, equity derivatives sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions, mortgage-backed securities and corporate finance. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was President of private equity firm HispaniMedia, Inc. He also founded Ferco Partners, Inc., a private equity investment firm in Mexico and from 1976 to 1979 he was a diplomat in the Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington, DC.

Mr. Fernandez serves on the boards of directors/trustees at Stanford University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Foreign Policy Association, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Previously, he served on the boards of trustees at Georgetown University, The Trinity School, The Browning School, MexDer (Mexican Derivatives Exchange) and was Chair of the Advisory Council at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Fernandez has a BA in economics from Georgetown University, an MBA from Stanford University, and pursued doctoral studies in economics at Princeton University. He was born in Mexico and grew up in Nicaragua. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Barbara Novick

Barbara Novick

Title: Vice Chairman and co-founder
Affiliation: BlackRock

Barbara G. Novick, Vice Chairman and co-founder, is a member of BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee, Enterprise Risk Committee, and Geopolitical Risk Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, Ms. Novick headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment, and real estate products for institutional and individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. Since 2009, Ms. Novick has overseen the firm’s efforts globally for public policy in addition to managing its investment stewardship efforts from 2018 to 2020. Ms. Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues. Ms. Novick is a member of MSCI’s Editorial Advisory Board, Center for Financial Stability Advisory Board, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership Advisory Board, and Peterson Institute for International Economics Board of Directors. Ms. Novick earned a BA, cum laude, in economics from Cornell University.

Joe Amato

Joseph V. Amato (B’84)

Title: President and Chief Investment Officer of Equities
Affiliation: Neuberger Berman Group LLC

Joseph V. Amato serves as President of Neuberger Berman Group LLC and Chief Investment Officer of Equities. He is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and its Audit Committee. His responsibilities also include overseeing the firm’s Fixed Income business.

Previously, Joe served as Lehman Brothers’ Global Head of Asset Management and Head of its Neuberger Berman subsidiary, beginning in April 2006. From 1996 through 2006, Joe held senior level positions within Lehman Brothers’ Capital Markets business, serving as Global Head of Equity Research for the majority of that time. Joe joined Lehman Brothers in 1994 as Head of High Yield Research. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Joe spent ten years at Kidder Peabody, ultimately as head of High Yield Research.

He received his BS from Georgetown University and is a member of the University’s Board of Regents and the Business School’s Board of Advisors. He is also Co-Chair of the New York City Board of Advisors of Teach for America, a national non-profit organization focused on public education reform.

Waqas Samad

Waqas Samad

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: FTSE Russell at London Stock Exchange Group

Waqas was appointed Group Director of the Information Services Division in January 2019. He joined LSEG in 2016 as CEO of the Benchmarks business where he has been responsible for leading FTSE Russell’s continued global growth into indexes across all asset classes. He led ISD’s expansion in fixed income through the acquisition of the Citi Fixed Income Indexes and The Yield Book businesses. He was also responsible for the FTSE Canada business in North America.

Waqas has spent almost 25 years in the financial services industry and joined LSEG from Barclays in 2016, where he was CEO of Barclays Risk Analytics & Index Solutions (BRAIS). Prior to joining Barclays in 2007, he spent three years at Deutsche Bank as Head of the Index Research Group in Europe and Asia and he spent five years at Credit Suisse in a variety of quantitative and technology roles. Waqas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London and has completed the Investment Management Programme at London Business School. He is Chairman of the Index Industry Association.

Stacey Cunningham

Stacey Cunningham

Title: President
Affiliation: New York Stock Exchange

Stacey Cunningham is the President of the NYSE Group, which includes the New York Stock Exchange and a diverse range of equity and equity options exchanges, all wholly owned subsidiaries of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE).

She is the 67th President and the first woman to lead the NYSE Group in its 227 year history. Most recently, she was the NYSE COO where she was responsible for NYSE’s five equity markets and two options markets, leading the company’s strategy for its equities, equity derivatives and ETF businesses. Prior to serving as COO, Cunningham was President of NYSE Governance Services and served as Head of Sales & Relationship Management at NYSE. Before joining NYSE, Cunningham held several senior positions at Nasdaq.

Cunningham began her career on the NYSE trading floor where she served as a specialist. Cunningham earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

Robert Cook

Robert Cook

Title: President and CEO
Affiliation: FINRA

Robert W. Cook is President and CEO of FINRA, and Chairman of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Cook served as the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Under his direction, the Division’s professionals were responsible for regulatory policy and oversight with respect to broker-dealers, securities exchanges and markets, clearing agencies and FINRA. In addition, the Division reviewed and acted on proposed rule filings and new product listings from self-regulatory organizations, including the securities exchanges and FINRA, and was responsible for implementing a range of initiatives and studies generated by the Dodd-Frank and JOBS Acts. He also directed the staff’s review of equity market structure.

Immediately prior to joining FINRA, and before his service at the SEC, Mr. Cook was a partner based in the Washington, DC, office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, LLP. His practice focused on the regulation of securities markets and market intermediaries, including securities firms, exchanges, alternative trading systems and clearing agencies. During his years of private practice, Mr. Cook worked extensively on broker-dealer regulation, advising large and small firms on a wide range of compliance matters.

Mr. Cook earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics in 1989, and an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College in 1988.

Markets in Motion Panelists

Tal Cohen

Tal Cohen

Title: Executive Vice President and Head of North American Markets
Affiliation: Nasdaq

Tal Cohen is Executive Vice President and Head of North American Markets at Nasdaq. In this capacity, he is responsible for client relations and driving growth across cash equities, derivatives, commodities and trade management services across Nasdaq’s U.S. and Canadian businesses.

Prior to joining Nasdaq in April 2016 as the Senior Vice President of North American Equities, Tal was the Chief Executive Officer of Chi‐X Global Holdings, LLC from 2010 to 2016. From 2008 to 2010, he served as CEO of Chi‐X Americas.

Prior to joining Chi-X, Tal held several senior leadership roles at INSTINET, including Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy, and Co‐head of electronic trading for North America, from 1999-2008. Before joining Instinet, he served as M&A Manager at American Express; building out its strategic investment portfolio. Tal started his career at Arthur Andersen as an Auditor and Senior Business Advisor focused on the Financial Services and Telecom industries.

From 2009-2016, Tal served as a Director on the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Board. He additionally served as a Director on the Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS) Board from 2013-2016.

Tal holds a B.A. from SUNY Albany, an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also holds FINRA Series 24, 7 and 63 licenses, the CSI Partners, Directors, and Senior Officers Designation (PDO).

Chris Concannon

Chris Concannon

Title: President and Chief Operating Officer
Affiliation: MarketAxess

Chris Concannon has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of MarketAxess since January 2019. In this role, Mr. Concannon oversees day-to-day operations, corporate development, long-term technology strategy and global data strategy for MarketAxess globally.

Mr. Concannon was most recently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cboe Global Markets Inc, where he was responsible for Cboe’s transaction businesses, including Global Derivatives, U.S. and European Equities, and Global Foreign Exchange – as well as overseeing the company’s Technology, Operations, Risk, and Marketing divisions. Prior to his role at the Cboe, Mr. Concannon was the Chief Executive Officer of Bats Global Markets, where he led the company’s initial public offering in 2016, as well as its acquisition by the Cboe in February 2017.

Mr. Concannon has more than 20 years of experience as an executive at Nasdaq, Virtu Financial, Instinet and as an attorney at Morgan Lewis and Bockius and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He holds a B.A. from Catholic University, an M.B.A. from St. John’s University and a J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

Bryan Harkins

Bryan Harkins

Title: Executive Vice President, Head of Markets Division
Affiliation: Cboe Global Markets, Inc.

Bryan Harkins is Executive Vice President, Head of Markets at Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe), joining the firm in 2017 as part of the Bats Global Markets acquisition. Harkins is defining markets as he runs the sales, product development and competitive strategy for the company’s U.S. equities, futures, options and global foreign exchange businesses, its suite of market data and access services products, as well as Cboe’s growing listings business.

At Bats, Harkins led the competitive strategy and thought leadership of the equities business and built the ETF listings business into a major industry player, bringing innovations that benefited ETF issuers and investors. Additionally, he has held numerous technical, operational, product and senior sales positions throughout almost 20 years in the industry.

During his nearly 20 years in the electronic trading space, Harkins has also held numerous technical, operational, product, and senior sales positions at Instinet, Brut and Nasdaq. He has also received numerous accolades including selection to the 2014 Crain’s New York “Business 40 under Forty,” the 2013 NJBiz magazine “Forty Under 40,” the 2013 Silver Best in Biz award for Best Executive and the 2013 Business Intelligence Group award for Executive of the Year.

Harkins is also active in the community. He co-founded and hosts the annual Wall Street Rides FAR cycling event that supports autism research, and sits on the Board of Directors of Project Hospitality, which provides food, shelter and services for the needy in Staten Island, NY.

Harkins holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and Series 7, 24, 55 and 63 licenses.

Nandini Sukumar

Nandini Sukumar

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: The World Federation of Exchanges

Nandini Sukumar is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global association for exchanges and CCPs.  The WFE represents more than 250 exchanges and clearing houses globally, educating stakeholders on the vital role played by market infrastructures in the real economy and as a standard setter, finding the consensus on issues among the global membership. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 45,000 listed companies, the market capitalization of these entities is over $82.5 trillion and around $81.8 trillion in trading annually passes through the infrastructures that the WFE members safeguard. Ms. Sukumar is Vice Chair of IOSCO’s Affiliate Members Consultative Committee and Chair of the AMCC’s DLT Workstream.

Ms. Sukumar has been CEO of the WFE since March 2015. Prior to this, she served as Acting Chief Executive Officer from November 2014, having been recruited by the WFE Board as Chief Administrative Officer in May 2014 to run the Federation on a daily basis and work with its global network of members as a proponent of the benefits of fair, orderly, public markets. Ms. Sukumar came to the WFE after a 14- year career at Bloomberg where she created, grew and ran their coverage of market structure, exchanges and UK regulation.

Fintech and the Transformation of Financial Services

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Mary Ellen Iskenderian (F’81)

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: Women’s World Banking

Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving low-income women in the developing world access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. She joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York, and also serves as a member of the Investment Committee of its two impact investment funds.

Mary Ellen is a passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment through greater access to finance and is a leading voice for women’s leadership in financial services. She has spoken widely and published extensively on the topic of equality of economic opportunity and women’s financial inclusion.

Prior to Women’s World Banking, Mary Ellen worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. She had previously worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Mary Ellen is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, and the UN’s Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

A 2017 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellow, Mary Ellen holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Kavita Jain

Kavita Jain

Title: Deputy Associate Director, Innovation Policy
Affiliation: Federal Reserve Board

Kavita Jain is a Deputy Associate Director in the Office of Innovation Policy at the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Supervision and Regulation. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the Federal Reserve’s regulatory response to emerging innovation opportunities and risks in banking. Kavita has more than 15 years of experience working in financial services regulation. Prior to joining the Board, Kavita was a Director in the Office of Financial Innovation at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where she led several FinTech initiatives, including those related to blockchain, digital assets, RegTech, artificial intelligence, data aggregation and online capital-raising. In addition, she has served in key positions in the Offices of Finance, Strategy and Emerging Regulatory Issues at FINRA.

Kavita was named one of the leading women in FinTech by Innovate Finance in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Bombay University, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern New Hampshire, and a CRCP Certification from the FINRA Institute at Wharton.

Raj Khosla

Raj Khosla

Title: Founder and Managing Director
Affiliation: MyMoneyMantra

Mr. Raj Khosla is Founder & MD of (MMM) –India’s largest Omni-Channel Consumer & Business Financial Marketplace. is India’s largest and profitable Omni-Channel Financial Marketplace with a mission to “improve people’s financial lives”. MMM has disbursed more than $11 billion worth financial products through its ‘phy-gital’ platform, servicing more than 5 million+ customers in over 60 cities in India. 

Under his direction and leadership, the company has grown to become the largest phy-gital (physical and digital) financial services marketplace in India, using technological innovations which has altered the distribution landscape in the country.

Mr. Khosla is a Banking & Financial Services visionary with three decades of hands-on experience in bringing financial investment awareness and proffering tailored financial products to Indian customers and small businesses. He is a highly regarded figure in the financial products origination & distribution arena and advises several banks and financial services companies on their distribution strategy. He is a Chartered Accountant (CPA) and has a major in Economics from Delhi University. Raj worked overseas with KPMG for 2 years before launching MMM operations in 1989. 

He is an active Golfer, erstwhile Captain of the Delhi Golf Club and has served on the board of Indian Golf Union (IGU).

Majd Maksad

Majd Maksad

Title: founder & chief executive officer
Affiliation: Status Money

Majd Maksad is the Founder and CEO of Status Money, a VC-backed personal finance company aiming to democratize access to financial planning and advice.

He has more than 10 years of experience in the Consumer Lending and Credit Cards industry. Prior to founding Status Money, Majd was the Head of Decision Management for Citi Global Digital Payments in New York. In that role, he led the financial modeling for deals with American Airlines, PayPal, Apple, Samsung, and Google. Majd previously held senior roles at Citi in Digital Marketing, Product Development, and Portfolio Analytics. Prior to Citi, Majd developed credit and fraud risk models at Discover Cards in Chicago.

A native of Lebanon, Majd is involved with nonprofit organizations focused on economic development and reform – including Social and Economic Action for Lebanon (SEAL) and Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE).

Majd holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

The Future of Digital Assets

Perianne Boring

Perianne Boring

Title: founder and president
Affiliation: Chamber of Digital Commerce

Perianne Boring is the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry.

Perianne sits on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD’s) blockchain expert policy advisory board. She was named among “America’s Top 50 Women in Tech” by Forbes and among the top “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain” by CoinDesk. Prior to forming the Chamber, Perianne was a television host and anchor of an international finance program that aired in more than 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. She began her career as a legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy.

Perianne is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in business administration and economics. Raised in Florida, she currently resides in Washington, DC.

Zoe Cruz

Zoe Cruz

Title: Strategic Advisor

Zoe Cruz held various senior roles during her 25-year career at Morgan Stanley, including serving as Co-President of the firm from 2005-2007 where she was responsible for running major revenue-generating businesses, including overseeing their securities risk management and information technology. After leaving Morgan Stanley, Zoe founded her own investment management firm, Voras Capital Management, which she ran from 2009 – 2013 when she transitioned the firm to a single-family office, EOZ Global.  She also serves as a strategic advisor to a number of companies.

Zoe is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MAN Group and is a member of the Bowdoin College Investment Committee.  She most recently served on the Boards of Ripple, Old Mutual plc. and the Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government.  Zoe holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Daniel Gorfine

Daniel Gorfine

Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: Gattaca Horizons LLC

Daniel Gorfine is the founder of Gattaca Horizons LLC, a boutique fintech advisory firm.  Gorfine also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and is a co-founder of the Digital Dollar Project.  He previously served as the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s first Chief Innovation Officer and Director of LabCFTC

Prior to the CFTC, Gorfine was Vice President, External Affairs & Associate General Counsel at OnDeck.  Gorfine also previously served as Director of Financial Markets Policy and Legal Counsel at the Milken Institute think tank, and earlier in his career worked at the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP.  Gorfine also served a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in the District of Maryland.

A graduate of Brown University (A.B.), Gorfine holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Olsen

Sarah Olsen (B’09)

Title: CIB, Blockchain, Executive Director
Affiliation: J.P. Morgan

Sarah is an Executive Director for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate Investment Bank focused on blockchain technology. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Sarah was the Head of Corporate Development for Gemini Trust Company, a regulated cryptocurrency platform providing exchange and custody services. Prior to joining the blockchain industry, Sarah worked at Apollo Global Management where she focused on capital raising for commingled funds and separately managed accounts investing in structured and performing credit. Prior to that time, she worked at Brightwood Capital, capital raising for funds investing in the equity and debt of U.S. middle-market businesses. Sarah started her career at Rockefeller Financial in the Capital Partners Group where she was responsible for third-party selection of alternative asset managers. Sarah graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.

Regulation & Policy

Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw

Commissioner Caroline A. Crenshaw

Title: SEC Commissioner
Affiliation: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Caroline A. Crenshaw was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn into office on August 17, 2020.

Commissioner Crenshaw brings to the SEC a range of securities law and policy experience and a commitment to public service and the SEC’s mission. Most recently, she served as Counsel to Commissioners Kara Stein and Robert Jackson, focusing on strengthening investor protections in our increasingly complex markets.

Commissioner Crenshaw also served as a career SEC staff attorney in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations and the Division of Investment Management, helping oversee the institutions that manage millions of Americans’ savings. In addition, Commissioner Crenshaw currently serves as a captain in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Prior to government service Commissioner Crenshaw practiced law in the Washington, D.C., office of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan LLP. At Sutherland she represented public companies, broker-dealers, and investment advisers on complex securities law investigations and enforcement matters.

Commissioner Crenshaw graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota. She is a native of Washington, D.C., where she currently resides.

Commissioner Elad Roisman

Commissioner Elad L. Roisman

Title: SEC Commissioner
Affiliation: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Elad L. Roisman was appointed by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was sworn into office on September 11, 2018.

Commissioner Roisman joined the SEC from the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where he served as Chief Counsel. In that role, and as Securities Counsel on the Committee, he counseled Chairmen Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Richard Shelby (R-AL), as well as members of the Committee, on securities, financial regulation, and international financial matters. Commissioner Roisman worked on drafting several pieces of legislation that became law and played an integral role in the drafting and negotiation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

Before working in the Senate, he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher, focusing on enforcement and policy relating to the U.S. equity and fixed income markets, the asset management industry, and international regulation of capital markets. Prior to joining the SEC, he held positions as a Chief Counsel at NYSE Euronext and an associate at the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York.

Commissioner Roisman earned his bachelor’s degree in History at Cornell University and his J.D. at the Boston University School of Law.

Post Election Discussion

Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Title: Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy
Former 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers- Obama Administration
Affiliation: Harvard Kennedy School

Jason Furman is Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy jointly at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He is also nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. This followed eight years as a top economic adviser to President Obama, including serving as the 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from August 2013 to January 2017, acting as both President Obama’s chief economist and a member of the cabinet. During this time Furman played a major role in most of the major economic policies of the Obama Administration. Previously Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research. In public policy, Furman worked at both the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council during the Clinton administration and also at the World Bank. In research, Furman was a Director of the Hamilton Project and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and also has served in visiting positions at various universities, including NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy, and domestic and international macroeconomics. In addition to articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of two books on economic policy. Furman holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Kevin Hassett

Kevin Hassett

Title: Vice President and Managing Director
29th Chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers- Trump Administration
Affiliation: The Lindsey Group

Kevin Hassett is currently Vice President and Managing Director of The Lindsey Group, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a CNN Economics Commentator. Kevin was senior advisor to President Trump and also the 29th Chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. He previously served as research director at the American Enterprise Institute, as a senior economist at the Federal Reserve, and as a faculty member at Columbia University. Hassett was a senior adviser on Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, and prior to that served as John McCain’s chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and McCain in the presidential election of 2008.