Gary Gensler

Gary Gensler was sworn in as the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on May 26, 2009. Chairman Gensler previously served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as under secretary of domestic finance (1999-2001) and as assistant secretary of financial markets (1997-1999).  He subsequently served as a senior advisor to the chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Senator Paul Sarbanes, on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reforming corporate responsibility, accounting, and securities laws.

As under secretary of the Treasury, Chairman Gensler was the principal advisor to Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and later to Secretary Lawrence Summers on all aspects of domestic finance.  The office was responsible for formulating policy and legislation in the areas of U.S. financial markets, public debt management, the banking system, financial services, fiscal affairs, federal lending, government sponsored enterprises, and community development.  In recognition of this service, he was awarded the Treasury’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award.

Prior to joining the Treasury, Chairman Gensler worked for eighteen years at Goldman Sachs, where he was selected as a partner; in his last role he was co-head of finance.

Chairman Gensler is the co-author of a book, The Great Mutual Fund Trap, which presents common sense investment advice for middle income Americans.

He is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1978, with a BS in economics and received an MBA from the Wharton School’s graduate division in 1979.  He lives with his three daughters outside of Baltimore, Maryland.

Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, April 2010