Mary Schapiro

The Hon. Mary Schapiro was chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2009 to 2012, capping a distinguished career in government and private-sector regulation. Ms. Schapiro advises companies on corporate governance and compliance standards that meet regulatory and investor expectations.

Ms. Schapiro’s service as the 29th SEC chairman culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC chairman, and the only person to have served as chairman of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

During four years as chairman, Ms. Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rule-making agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors. Upon her departure, President Obama praised her leadership, saying the SEC became stronger and the financial system “safer and better able to serve the American people — thanks in large part to Mary’s hard work.”

Before becoming SEC chairman, Ms. Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; a commissioner of the SEC; and general counsel and senior vice president of the Futures Industry Association. She began her career at the CFTC, serving first as a trial attorney and later as counsel and executive assistant to the chairman.

Ms. Schapiro serves on the boards of Promontory Interfinancial Network, General Electric Co., and London Stock Exchange Group. She is also a member of the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality.


J.D., George Washington University
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College

Affiliations, Awards, and Civic Engagements

Vice chairman, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Member of the advisory board, Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing
Trustee, MITRE Corporation
Director, General Electric Co.
Director, London Stock Exchange Group
Former lead director, Kraft Foods
Former director and audit committee chair, Duke Energy

Honorary Degrees from:

  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
  • Drexel University LeBow College of Business
  • Muhlenberg College
  • George Washington University School of Law
  • Franklin and Marshall College

Financial Women’s Association Public Sector Woman of the Year (2000)
National Council on Economic Education Visionary Award (2008)
Anna and G. Mason Morfit ’97 Distinguished Visitor (2014), Princeton University
Trustee, Franklin & Marshall College
Recipient of the NCAA Division III 40-in-40 award