Meredith Cross is the Former Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (from June 2009 through December 2012). While on the staff, Ms. Cross led a broad array of key initiatives, including changes to the proxy rules and a concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and revisions to the disclosure, reporting, and offering process for asset-backed securities. Most recently, Ms. Cross led the Division's efforts to implement a wide assortment of provisions enacted under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.
Prior to joining the staff in 2009, Ms. Cross was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C., where she advised clients on corporate and securities matters and was involved with the full range of issues faced by public and private companies in capital raising and financial reporting. Ms. Cross also worked in the Division of Corporation Finance prior to joining WilmerHale. She began her previous tenure at the SEC in September 1990 as an Attorney Fellow in the Office of Chief Counsel, and served in a variety of capacities within the Division, including Deputy Chief Counsel, Chief Counsel, Associate Director, and finally, Deputy Director. Before her previous tenure at the SEC, Ms. Cross worked in private practice in the securities department of King & Spalding in Atlanta.
Ms. Cross earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Duke University in 1979, and her law degree in 1982 from Vanderbilt University Law School.