Chairman Clayton Highlights New Members of Executive Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington D.C., June 26, 2019 —
The Securities and Exchange Commission today released a full roster of the executive staff of Chairman Jay Clayton, including several individuals who have recently joined the office.
Chairman Clayton's executive staff is responsible for advising the Chairman on all matters before the Commission, working closely with agency staff, and helping the Chairman perform all day-to-day operations needed to fulfill the SEC's mission.
"I am appreciative of each of the women and men who have committed to advancing the SEC’s mission alongside me, my fellow Commissioners, and our 4,500 talented colleagues,” said Chairman Jay Clayton. “The Commission and, most importantly, American investors and markets benefit greatly from their diverse backgrounds, wide ranges of experience, and unwavering dedication to our mission and the long-term interests of our Main Street investors.”
Below is a full list of Chairman Jay Clayton’s executive staff as of June 2019.
Outgoing Chief of Staff
Incoming Chief of Staff
Incoming Deputy Chief of Staff
Director of Administration
Kristene Blake serves as Director of Administration to Chairman Clayton. Most recently, Mrs. Blake served as Executive Secretary to the President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. In this role, she advised the Chairman on policy and program issues and served as a key member of the Executive Staff. With over a decade of Capitol Hill experience, Mrs. Blake has worked directly for three senior members of Congressional Leadership: former Rep. Adam Putnam, Speaker John Boehner and Speaker Paul Ryan. She received her bachelor of arts from Villanova University.
Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman
Senior Advisor to the Chairman
Eric Diamond is the lead advisor to the Chairman on matters involving the Division of Investment Management and the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, and assists on enforcement matters. Mr. Diamond joined Chairman Clayton’s office in July 2018 and, among other things, served in a leading role in completing the Commission’s recently adopted rules and interpretations governing the standards of conduct for financial professionals. Before joining the SEC, Mr. Diamond practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he advised financial institutions, asset managers, and investors on a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters. Mr. Diamond earned his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.
Senior Policy Advisor for Market and Activities-Based Risk
Jeffrey Dinwoodie advises the Chairman on markets and regulatory affairs, including a wide range of legal, regulatory, examination and enforcement matters. Additionally, as Senior Policy Advisor for Market and Activities-Based Risk, he manages and coordinates the agency’s efforts to identify, monitor and respond to market risks—including activities-based risks—affecting the U.S. capital markets. He serves as the Chairman’s Deputy Representative to the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and as a primary liaison on these matters to other federal agencies. Since joining the agency in June 2017, Mr. Dinwoodie has managed and advised on key rulemaking and policy initiatives, including in the areas of exchange, ATS, and broker-dealer regulation; fixed income and equity market structure; distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies; derivatives; and clearance and settlement. Previously, he was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Dinwoodie earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from American University and an undergraduate degree from George Mason University.
Program Support Specialist
Sharon Freeman supports the Chairman’s Office in its HR and administrative functions. Ms. Freeman has been with the SEC for almost 30 years, first moving to the Chairman’s Office under Chair Breeden. She has also served in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs during her time at the Commission. Ms. Freeman studied at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.
Sebastian Gomez Abero
Senior Advisor to the Chairman
Sebastian Gomez is the lead advisor to the Chairman on matters involving the Division of Corporation Finance and Office of the Chief Accountant, and assists on enforcement matters. Mr. Gomez joined the SEC in 2007 and served in several roles in the Division of Corporation Finance, including Chief of the Office of Small Business Policy and Deputy Chief Counsel. Before joining the SEC, Mr. Gomez practiced law at Hogan Lovells, specializing in corporate governance, disclosure, and SEC compliance. Mr. Gomez earned his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in computer science, magna cum laude, from Bridgewater College.
Kelly Halferty serves as a Special Assistant, supporting the Chairman and his staff. Mr. Halferty joined the SEC in 2013, previously serving as a Program Support Specialist in the Division of Corporation Finance and Office of Human Resources. Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Halferty served 22 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2012. Mr. Halferty earned his B.B.A. from Strayer University and is a Graduate student at the University of the Potomac.
Senior Policy Advisor
Kimberly Hamm advises the Chairman on a variety of policy matters and serves as the Chief Counsel for rulemaking, including coordinating the rulemaking agenda of the Commission. Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Hamm served as Associate General Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives where she provided legal advice on a non-partisan basis to House leadership, Members, committees, officers, and staff, including representation in litigation involving congressional oversight, separation of powers, and other constitutional issues of institutional importance. Prior to joining the House, Ms. Hamm practiced law in the litigation department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, specializing in securities, antitrust, and insurance matters. Ms. Hamm earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.
Senior Policy Advisor on the Consolidated Audit Trail
Ms. Kimmel coordinates the SEC’s oversight of the self-regulatory organizations’ creation and implementation of the Consolidated Audit Trail. She joined the SEC from Refinitiv, where she served as Head of Regulatory and Compliance, Wealth Management. In addition to her role at Refinitiv, Ms. Kimmel served on the Advisory Committee for CAT NMS LLC, a diverse group of industry experts that offers advice to SROs on technical specifications, reporting functionality, and other matters relating to the CAT. Prior to her time at Refinitiv, Ms. Kimmel served as Managing Director of the Financial Information Forum, where she worked with broker dealers, exchanges, and vendors on issues involving regulatory and market data technology issues. She has also held positions at Jordan & Jordan and Automatic Data Processing. Ms. Kimmel earned her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Engineering from Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Senior Advisor to the Chairman
Awilda Santiago serves as the Correspondence Coordinator for the Office of the Chairman and is responsible for managing all correspondence. Ms. Santiago joined the SEC in 2008, previously serving as the receptionist in the Chairman’s Office. Ms. Santiago earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Trinity College in Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor to the Chairman
Kay Smith is the lead advisor to the Chairman on matters involving the Division of Trading and Markets, and assists on enforcement and examination matters. Ms. Smith previously served as a managing director at Patomak Global Partners LLC, where she advised financial services firms, including broker-dealers, exchanges, banks, and asset managers, and public companies on regulatory policy, corporate governance, and compliance matters. Ms. Smith earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Natalie Strom advises the Chairman on all matters related to communications and media relations. Ms. Strom came to the SEC from the White House where she served as Assistant Press Secretary for the President’s economic agenda and the National Economic Council. Prior to the White House, Ms. Strom held positions at the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Republican National Committee. Ms. Strom earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.
Senior Advisor to the Chairman for Cybersecurity Policy
Kevin Zerrusen coordinates efforts across the agency to address cybersecurity policy, engages with external stakeholders, and helps enhance the SEC’s mechanisms for assessing cyber-related risks. Mr. Zerrusen is a 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, where his responsibilities included running the agency’s cyber center, which was responsible for analyzing, evaluating, and countering foreign cyber threats. Prior to joining the SEC, he worked as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he led initiatives to strengthen technology risk governance, incident management, and insider threat programs. Mr. Zerrusen earned his MBA from Syracuse University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton.