Heather Seidel was named Acting Director of the Division of Trading and Markets in December 2016. She began her securities law career at the SEC in 1996 in what was then the Division of Market Regulation and later moved to the Division of Investment Management.
She then spent several years in the private sector, starting in 1999 as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering and in 2001 as an associate and vice president in the law division of Morgan Stanley.
She returned to the SEC in 2003 to the Division of Trading and Markets, serving as an Attorney Fellow, Senior Special Counsel and Assistant Director in the Office of Market Supervision. In 2010 she became an Associate Director in the Office of Market Supervision, and in 2015 she was named as Chief Counsel for the Division.
Ms. Seidel received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.