WASHINGTON, D.C. – (January 25, 2022) – The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) announced today that Kristen Hutchens has been promoted to director of policy and government affairs, and policy counsel. In this role, Hutchens will lead NASAA’s Policy and Government Affairs department and execution of NASAA’s state and federal policy agenda. In her interactions with congressional staff, investor groups, industry associations, and other stakeholders, Hutchens will advance NASAA’s longstanding efforts to protect investors and promote responsible capital formation.
“Kristen is an effective advocate who brings a combination of depth of knowledge of the capital markets and policy experience to NASAA’s policy and government affairs department,” said Joseph Brady. “She played a key role in securing the recent introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act. This legislation would establish a federal grant program for state securities and insurance regulators that want to enhance their longstanding efforts to protect senior investors and policy holders from financial fraud.”
Hutchens joined NASAA in May 2021, and prior to her promotion, was serving as Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs, and Policy Counsel.
“On behalf of NASAA’s Board of Directors, I congratulate Kristen and look forward to working closely with her in advancing NASAA’s investor protection mission,” said Melanie Senter Lubin, NASAA President and Maryland Securities Commissioner.
Hutchens brings deep knowledge of securities law and broad experience in policy, law, and education to this role. Prior to joining NASAA in May 2021, she worked at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, in private practice, and at the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Hutchens earned a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law, a Master of Science for Teachers from Pace University, and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Before law school, she was a public school teacher in New York City.
Formed in 1919, NASAA is a nonprofit association of state, provincial and territorial securities regulators in the United States, Canada and Mexico. NASAA has 67 members, including the securities regulators in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands with a shared mission of protecting investors from fraud and abuse. For more information, visit: www.nasaa.org.
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