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SEC Chair Gensler Picks Former AFL-CIO Policy Director as a Top Advisor

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  • Gensler's policy director, Heather Slavkin Corzo, has worked for AFL-CIO, PRI and Americans for Financial Reform.
  • Kevin Burris, former chair of Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, will serve as primary liaison to Congress.
  • Gensler, who was sworn in Saturday, announced two other senior advisors.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler, who was sworn in Saturday, announced late Monday senior members of his staff who will advise him on matters before the commission.

“I am incredibly honored that these four individuals joined this team to work on behalf of American investors,” Gensler said in a statement.

As policy director, Heather Slavkin Corzo will lead a team of policy experts who will advise Gensler on SEC rulemakings.

Before joining the SEC, Corzo was the director of capital markets policy at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a federation of labor unions; the head of U.S. policy at the Principles for Responsible Investment, a UN-supported sustainable investing advocacy group; and a senior fellow at Americans for Financial Reform, a lobbying group that supports stricter financial regulation.

She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida.

Prashant Yerramalli, who has served as Commissioner Allison Herren Lee’s chief of staff since January while she was acting chair, will continue in that role.

Yerramalli will be a senior advisor to Gensler on all aspects of the agency’s mission, including enforcement, rulemaking, examinations and agency operations.

Yerramalli’s previous roles include serving in the office of former Commissioner Robert Jackson and in the Division of Enforcement.

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Outside of the SEC, he held roles at Brookfield Asset Management, Jenner & Block, and WilmerHale. He also was a law clerk to Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in the Southern District of New York. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Brown University.

Kevin Burris, director of the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, will serve as the SEC’s primary liaison to members of Congress, other federal agencies and state governments, responsible for developing legislative strategy, coordinating congressional testimony and responding to congressional requests.

He previously served as counsel on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation.

Prior to his Capitol Hill service, Burris was an associate with the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in New York. Mr. Burris received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park.

As Gensler’s principal advisor on communications, Scott Schneider will oversee media relations, digital strategy, speechwriting, public engagement and internal agency communications.

Schneider was the managing director of financial communications at Ketchum, a global consultancy, and also previously served as the director of public affairs at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

“Prashant, Heather, Kevin, and Scott bring wide-ranging perspectives and diverse experience to the Commission and will work closely with our dedicated career staff to execute the SEC’s critical mission,” Gensler said.