Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

This Week in SEC History

January 27, 2009 - Mary Schapiro becomes Chair. Today in 2009, Mary Schapiro became Chair of the SEC. Schapiro brought experience from the SEC, the CFTC, and the NASD to bear on challenges including building back from the Madoff scandal, and regulating high frequency trading after the May 2010 “Flash Crash.”


The Society Welcomes New Board Officers, Trustees and Advisors (as of January 1, 2022)

2022 Officers of the Board of Trustees

New Trustees

(Full Board of Trustees)

New Advisors

(Full Board of Advisors)


The Commission’s Advocates: Ferber, Gonson, Stillman, and the SEC Solicitor’s Office

On November 18, 2021 the SEC Historical Society conducted a live broadcast on the evolution of the SEC Solicitor’s Office, focusing especially on the careers of the Commission’s first three Solicitors: David Ferber (Solicitor from 1964 – 1980), Paul Gonson (Solicitor from 1980 – 1999), and Jacob H. Stillman (Solicitor from 1999 – 2014). Panelists included David M. Becker, Michael A. Conley, Daniel L. Goelzer, and Harvey L. Pitt, and was moderated by historian Kenneth Durr.


A Decade of SEC Enforcement Specialization

This program explores the evolution, successes and challenges of the Division’s specialized units over the last decade.

This program is made possible with the support of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP.


September 11 - 20 Years Later: A Lesson in Crisis Leadership

September 11, 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the suicide bombings carried out by al Qaeda terrorists. Co-hosted by ASECA and the SEC Historical Society, this program featured key figures of the U.S. financial system who led our markets in the hours, days and weeks following the attacks.

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