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Lori Walsh

Lori Walsh

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Chief, Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics, Division of Enforcement
Washington, DC, USA


Lori Walsh is the Chief of the Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She joined the SEC in 2000 as a financial economist, first in the Office of Economic Analysis and later in the Office of Risk Assessment.  In her role as an economist, she worked on a wide range of issues including securities offerings, foreign private issuers, offering document disclosure, mutual funds, hedge funds and credit rating agencies.  Lori has had her research published in academic journals and trade publications.

In 2010, she joined the Division of Enforcement as the Deputy Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence (OMI) where she helped design the first centralized Tips, Complaints and Referrals system for the Commission. In July 2013 she created and currently leads the Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics (CRQA).  CRQA staff includes PhDs, quants, data scientists, attorneys, and analysts and provides the Division with enhanced data analytic capabilities to proactively identify as yet undetected violations and to support faster, more effective cases.   This is done by developing new analytical techniques, providing basic and complex analytical services and educating Enforcement staff on the power of big data in enforcing securities laws.

Lori received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, an MBA and a PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

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