December 21, 2017

Peirce Confirmed as SEC Commissioner

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The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to announce that Senior Research Fellow Hester Peirce has been confirmed to serve as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Peirce was nominated in July 2017. Previously, she was nominated for this position by President Barack Obama in 2015.

“While at Mercatus, I have had the opportunity to work with people who share my passion for high-quality regulation. My colleagues have deep expertise about how markets and governments work and what we can do to ensure that they work better for the societies they serve,” said Peirce. “I will carry the lessons I have learned at Mercatus to the SEC as I focus on protecting investors, upholding market integrity, and facilitating capital formation.”

Before joining Mercatus, Peirce served as Senior Counsel on Senator Richard Shelby’s staff on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Previously, Peirce served at the SEC as a staff attorney in the Division of Investment Management and then as counsel to Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. Before that, she clerked for Judge Roger B. Andewelt on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale). Peirce received her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

“Hester has played a pivotal role in expanding Mercatus’ research portfolio on financial markets and services,” said Tyler Cowen, general director of the Mercatus Center. “She brings a deep level of knowledge to the SEC, along with the desire and skills to foster innovation and economic growth.”

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