Mary Jo White is the Chair of the Security and Exchange Commission. Chairman White specializes in prosecuting financial institutional frauds and international terrorism cases. Prior to her confirmation as Chair of the Security and Exchange Commission, she served as a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She is the first woman to serve in this position. Under her leadership, the convictions for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and American Embassies in Africa were both settled. Chairman White has also Chaired the Department of Litigation at Debvoise & Plimpton and clerked for the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel of the U.S. District Court.
In 2012, Chairman White was named Regulatory Lawyer of the Year by the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards and received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. She is the recipient of the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Distinction in Public Services and the 'Women of Power and Influence Award' given by the National Organization for Women. Chairman White is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International College of Trial Lawyers Mary Jo White received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, a Masters Degree in Psychology from The New School and a Law Degree from Columbia University.