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 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.