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Chairman Clayton names executive staff

Scuttlebutt | September 5, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has named seven individuals to the executive staff of Chairman Jay Clayton. 

These executive staff members will advise Chairman Clayton alongside Chief of Staff Lucas Moskowitz, Deputy Chief of Staff Sean Memon, Chief Counsel Jaime Klima, Managing Executive Peter Uhlmann, and Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy Christopher Hetner. 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.

The new members are:

John Cook: Cook is the lead advisor to the chairman on matters involving the Division of Investment Management, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), and Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA), and assists on enforcement matters. Cook joined the SEC in 2010, previously serving as a Senior Special Counsel in DERA and in OCA, and as a counsel to Commissioner Daniel Gallagher.

Jeffrey Dinwoodie: Dinwoodie is the lead advisor to the chairman on matters involving the Division of Trading and Markets, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Office of Municipal Securities, and Office of Credit Ratings, and assists on enforcement matters. Dinwoodie previously practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he advised banks, broker-dealers, clearinghouses, markets, rating agencies, and other financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory, enforcement, and transactional matters.

Raquel Fox: Fox is the lead advisor to the chairman on matters involving the Division of Corporation Finance and Office of International Affairs, and assists on enforcement matters. Fox joined the SEC in 2011, previously serving as a Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance and an attorney fellow in the offices of Capital Markets Trends and Rulemaking. 

Kristina Littman: Littman is the lead advisor to the chairman on matters involving the Division of Enforcement, and assists on other regulatory and policy matters. Littman joined the SEC in 2010, previously serving as a trial attorney and investigative attorney in the Division of Enforcement and as Counsel to the Director of Enforcement.

Alan Cohen: Cohen will serve as advisor to the chairman on emerging risks and regulatory developments, including the impact of Brexit, new European Union regulations (e.g. MiFID II), and issues related to domestic and international clearing and settlement of securities and derivatives transactions. Most recently, Cohen was an advisor to the executive office at Goldman Sachs after joining the firm in 2004 as the global head of compliance and a member of the management committee, where he supervised a global team that was responsible for compliance across all business and financial products, and in every major international market.

Christopher Carofine: Carofine serves as Director of Communications to Chairman Clayton, advising on all matters related to communications and media relations. Prior to joining the SEC, Carofine served as the communications director for Rep. Scott Garrett, former chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.

Shelby Begany Telle: Telle serves as Confidential Assistant to Chairman Clayton. Prior to joining the SEC staff, Ms. Telle spent four years working on Capitol Hill—most recently for the Senate Rules Committee and previously for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the Senate Appropriations Committee—all for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby.

Other members of the executive staff may be found here.