Global Conference 2016
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Michael Piwowar is a commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, serving since 2013. He had been the Republican chief economist for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and was involved in elements of the Dodd-Frank and JOBS acts, as well as SEC-related oversight issues. During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, he served for a year as a senior economist for the president's Council of Economic Advisers in two administrations. Before his White House duties, Piwowar was a principal at the Securities Litigation and Consulting Group, providing economic consulting to law firms. In his first work for the SEC, as a visiting scholar on leave from Iowa State University, he provided economic analyses and other technical support. Piwowar has written articles in leading academic publications and won teaching and research awards. He received a B.A. in foreign service and international politics from Penn State, an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in finance from Penn State.