Martha Legg Miller
Martha serves as the SEC’s first Director of the Office, where she leads a team of passionate advocates working on solutions to address the capital raising challenges faced by small businesses and their investors from startup to small cap. Prior to joining the SEC in January 2019, Martha was a partner at the law firm Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced in corporate and securities law. For more information on Martha, click here.
Sebastian Gomez Abero
Sebastian serves as the first Deputy Director of the Office, which he joined in August 2020 after serving as the lead advisor on capital formation matters to the Chairman. Among the many leadership roles Sebastian has held at the SEC since 2007, he led the Division of Corporation Finance’s Office of Small Business Policy, which is responsible for drafting many of the rules governing exempt markets. Prior to joining the SEC, Sebastian practiced law at Hogan Lovells working on corporate governance, disclosure, and SEC compliance matters.
Dean A. Brazier, Jr.
Dean joined the Office in November 2020, and brings a wealth of experience helping companies and their investors navigate the financial regulatory system both as a lawyer and as a certified public accountant. Prior to joining the Office, Dean was an attorney at K&L Gates LLP, where he focused on regulatory policy for the capital markets and assisted companies in raising capital through public and private securities offerings. Before that Dean worked reviewing company filings in the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC, and has maintained an active CPA license since his time auditing and consulting at Ernst & Young.
Colin A. Caleb
Colin joined the Office in September 2019. Among his work with the legal and policy team, he spearheads efforts related to intergovernmental collaboration on entrepreneurship programming. Prior to joining the SEC, Colin worked with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Program on the CDFI Fund, which assists community development-focused banks, loan funds, and venture capital funds with access to financing tools, as well as on the New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) Program.
Jenny J. Choi
Jenny joined the Office in November 2020 and she brings her experience and perspective on initial public offerings and public company reporting requirements to the legal and policy team. Prior to joining the SEC, Jenny worked at the law firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York, NY where she advised issuers and underwriters on various types of capital raising transactions, as well as corporate governance issues and reporting obligations of public companies.
Julie Zelman Davis
Senior Special Counsel
Julie joined the Office in February 2019 as one of the first team members, overseeing strategic projects and serving as Senior Special Counsel to the Director. Prior to joining the Office, Julie served as Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, an attorney in the Division’s Office of Small Business Policy, and before that as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the SEC. Prior to her public service, Julie worked on capital raising transactions at the law firm Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston, MA.
Sarah R. Kenyon
Capital Formation Analyst
Sarah joined the Office in September 2021 as a Capital Formation Analyst, where she leads the efforts of the Office to translate economic data and research into actionable policy recommendations to improve capital raising opportunities. Prior to joining the Office, Sarah worked as a research associate at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill, researching and writing on entrepreneurial policy.
Jessica W. McKinney
Jessica joined the Office in September 2019, and she brings particular passion to the legal and policy team regarding issues facing investors who pool capital through venture and other fund vehicles. Prior to joining the SEC, Jessica was an attorney at the law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, where she was a member of the firm’s Fund Formation and Investment Management Practice, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Private Equity practice groups. Before that Jessica served as compliance manager for an emerging fund in Florida.
Strategic Engagement Advisor
Amy began spearheading the Office’s outreach and education efforts in January 2021. Prior to joining the Office, Amy served as the lead advisor on capital formation matters to the Chairman. Amy previously worked in the SEC’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Division of Corporation Finance’s Office of Small Business Policy, and in disclosure operations for that Division. Before joining the SEC, Amy served as Associate General Counsel at drugstore.com; as Assistant General Counsel at Shurgard Storage Centers, a publicly traded REIT; and as an attorney at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle.
Jenny joined the Office in July 2019, where she leads the legal and policy team on regulatory matters, rulemaking commentary, and capital raising issues both internally and externally. Prior to joining the Office, Jenny worked in the Division of Corporation Finance’s Office of Small Business Policy, as Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division, and before that in disclosure operations for the Division. Prior to joining the SEC in 2007, Jenny worked in Silicon Valley at the law firm Cooley LLP, where she advised companies on late stage financings, initial public offerings, and registered transactions.
Malika joined the Office in January 2019 and supports the Office as Executive Assistant, where she stays one step ahead of the team in supporting our complex workload. When calling or emailing the Office, Malika is often the first voice you’ll hear back from and can help direct you to the right team member for your inquiry.
Todd joined the Office in May 2020 as a law clerk on the legal and policy team, where he supports regulatory matters, rulemaking commentary, and Congressional reporting and ensures the team is well prepared for internal and external engagements. Prior to joining the SEC, Todd worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and as a paralegal at two law firms.
Modified: Sept. 28, 2021