Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

Oral Histories

15 records in this section.

07 November 2005

Laura Unger

09 September 2013

Grace Vogel

14 May 2015

Richard Walker

15 May 2015

Steven Wallman

13 September 2013

Geraldine Walsh

October 21, 2022

John H.Walsh

John H. Walsh served for 23 years at the SEC. He began his career with the Commission in 1988 as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel. From 1990 to 1993, he worked in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, serving first as senior counsel and then as chief of the branch of regional office assistance. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Walsh was special counsel to former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt where played a key role in creating the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), now known as the Division of Examinations. There, he designed and implemented the SEC’s securities compliance examination practices, first as a senior advisor for compliance policy and then, as associate director-chief counsel. In 2009, during the financial crisis, he served as OCIE’s acting director and led multiple initiatives, including a massive retraining of examination staff on antifraud techniques. In 2011, Mr. Walsh left government service and became a partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US). He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Worcester State University, his M.A. from Northeastern University, his Ph.D. from Boston College, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

09 May 2014

Elisse Walter

04 November 2010

Donald Weeden

December 15, 2022

Mary Jo White

This oral history was made possible with the generous support of Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP and Charles River Associates.

Mary Jo White served as the 31st Chair of the SEC from 2013 to 2017. She is now the Senior Chair at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City. Prior to joining the SEC, she was the Chair of Debevoise and Plimpton’s Litigation Department for 10 years. She previously was a litigation partner at the firm from 1983 to 1990 and worked as an associate from 1976 to 1978.

Chair White was the first woman to be the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, serving from 1993 to 2002. Prior to that, she served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and later Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993. She previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1978 to 1981 and became Chief Appellate Attorney of the Criminal Division.

Chair White earned her undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from William & Mary in 1970, and her master’s degree in psychology from The New School for Social Research in 1971. She earned her law degree in 1974 at Columbia Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

19 January 2006

Harold Williams

18 September 2007

Paul Windels, Jr.

07 January 2004

William Wood

  • - Part 1
  • - Part 2
  • edited transcript (pdf)
October 4, 2022

Marc Wyatt

Marc Wyatt joined the SEC in December 2012 as a senior specialized examiner and co-founded the Private Fund Unit within the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE, now the Division of Examinations). He was named Deputy Director of OCIE in October 2014 and served as Acting Director in April 2015 before becoming Director in November 2015 where he served until February 2017. Before coming to the SEC, Mr. Wyatt was a principal and senior portfolio manager of a global multi-strategy hedge fund. Prior to that, he was a senior investment banker in the U.S. and U.K. Mr. Wyatt is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in economics and holds an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

29 April 2016

Susan Wyderko

01 March 2011

Frank Zarb

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