Micah Hauptman is the director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), a nonprofit association of nearly 300 national, state, and local pro-consumer organizations. Hauptman leads CFA’s investor protection work through conducting research and engaging in advocacy on investor protection issues, focusing primarily on the regulation of investment advisers, investment companies, and broker-dealers, particularly as they relate to the provision of retail investment products and services. He is also focused on restoring an appropriate balance between public and private securities markets in order to promote investor protection, market integrity, and efficiency. Prior to re-joining CFA, Hauptman served as counsel to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Caroline A. Crenshaw, where he focused on investment management issues, examinations of investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, and regulatory implementation of Regulation Best Interest. Previously, Hauptman served as CFA’s Financial Services Counsel for nearly seven years. Hauptman also worked at Public Citizen on a broad range of banking and tax issues and started his career as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.
Micah graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2005, magna cum laude, and graduated from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2009, with distinction.