Antonia Chion is an Associate Director and head of the Broker-Dealer Task Force of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where she assists in planning and directing the Commission’s enforcement program. Ms. Chion joined the Commission in 1988 and then served in several positions of increasing responsibility in the Enforcement program. During her tenure at the Commission, Ms. Chion has led significant investigations involving a broad array of subjects, including misconduct by regulated entities, market manipulation, financial fraud, violations of the FCPA, and insider trading. In 2016 Ms. Chion received the Distinguished Service Award, the SEC’s highest honorary award presented to long-time SEC employees who have made major contributions to the work of the Commission. In 2000 she received the Stanley Sporkin Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SEC’s enforcement program. In subsequent years, she was a recipient of the Commission’s Law and Policy Award, Capital Markets Award, and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.
Before joining the Commission, Ms. Chion was the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Narcotics Bureau in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she previously served as a supervisor and trial assistant district attorney.
She received her A.B. from Tufts University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Pete Driscoll was previously OCIE’s Chief Risk and Strategy Officer prior to which he was managing executive from 2013 through early 2016. He joined the SECin 2001 as a staff attorney in the Division of Enforcement in the Chicago Regional Office and was later a Branch Chief and Assistant Regional Director in OCIE. Prior to the Agency, Mr. Driscoll began his career with Ernst & Young LLP and held several accounting positions in private industry. He received his B.S. in Accounting and law degree from St. Louis University. He is licensed as a certified public accountant and is a member of the Missouri Bar Association.
Barbara Jacobs has been an Assistant Director for the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since September 2000. Prior to this time, she served as Deputy Chief of the Office of Small Business (1996-2000) and Chief of the Office of Disclosure Policy (1994-1996) for the Division. She also held the positions of Deputy Chief (1992-1993) and Special Counsel (1989-1992). Among other matters, Ms. Jacobs drafted the rules to implement the operational phase of the Commission’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (“EDGAR”) system. She also drafted rules to amend Rule 504 of Regulation D to address micro cap fraud (February 1999), proposed rules to permit certain smaller companies to price securities on a delayed basis (February 1997), and drafted interpretations on the use of electronic media for dissemination purposes (October 1995). From 1997-1999, Ms. Jacobs organized and spoke at SEC Small Business Town Hall Meetings across the country and annual SEC Government Business Forums.
Ms. Jacobs received an A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, and an L.L.M. in Securities Regulation from Georgetown Law Center. From 2001-2004, Ms. Jacobs was an adjunct professor in the L.L.M. program at Georgetown where she co-taught “Disclosure Under the Federal Securities Laws.” In 2013, she was a co-recipient of the Chairman’s Excellence Award for her work on the Division of Corporation Finance Review Programs Developments Team. In 2012, she was awarded the Byron D. Woodside Award and the Diversity and Inclusion Award. In 2011, she was a co-recipient of the Equal Employment Award.
Melissa. Gainor is senior special counsel in the Division of Investment Management’s Rulemaking Office. She assists on the development of policy and rulemaking relating to investment advisers and investment companies. Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Ms. Gainor was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in their Boston and Washington, D.C. offices. Ms. Gainor graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.