Before joining the CFTC, Klima served as chief counsel to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton. She was named to that post in May 2017, after serving as the SEC co-chief of staff under then acting chairman Michael Piwowar.
Prior to that, she served as counsel to SEC Commissioners Piwowar and Commissioner Troy A. Paredes.
Before joining the SEC, she worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, specializing in broker-dealer compliance and regulation. She also clerked for the Judge Richard Lowell Nygaard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Klima earned her J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, a Master of Public Policy, also from Duke, and an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering, with distinction, from the University of Virginia.
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