Helane Morrison has recently been appointed the SEC administrator. She has a long resume that has led to this moment and she is incredibly qualified for the position. Morrison received her B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University as well as a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law. During her time at University of California at Berkeley she also served as the Editor-In-Chief of the California Law Review.
After completing her education she served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She went on to enter private practice where she practiced law in San Francisco before going on to join the San Francisco Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where she oversaw securities enforcement, litigation and regulatory matters. More recently she was employed as a Managing Director, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer with Hall Capital Partners, LLC. A more detailed look at her background can be found here.
With her new position as SEC Administrator she will be responsible for managing both the enforcement and examination programs that are located in the jurisdiction of the San Francisco office. Her lengthy history includes supervising numerous major investigations that led to enforcement actions. Prior to that she was responsible for defending clients who were being sued by the SEC. She is one of only just a handful of female administrators within the SEC.
One of the tasks that she mentioned she would be taking on include a keen interest by the SEC in the increasingly popular online brokerage services, some of which are in her region. She intends to look into their practices and make sure things are on the up and up. More information on her new appointment can be found here.
In addition to her previous work for the SEC, Helane also has made leaps and bounds in the world of corporate compliance in her role at Hall Capital. She was recognized as one of BizJournals Women on the Move due to her incredible dedication to creating a better workplace for her employees and for complying with all government regulations with a great deal of transparency.