Kara M. Stein

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Kara Stein
Occupation Commissioner
Employer Securities Exchange Commission
Location Washington, DC
LinkedIn Profile
Website www.sec.gov

Kara Stein was sworn into office as an SEC commissioner on August 9, 2013 by SEC Chair Mary Jo White. She replaced former Commissioner Elisse Walter. President Barack Obama nominated her to the SEC on May 23 and her nomination was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, along with that of Michael S. Piwowar.[1] [2]

From 2009 to 2013, she was staff director of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment, and she was legal counsel and senior policy advisor to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) from 2007 to 2009.


Stein also served as both the Majority and Minority Staff Director on the Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation from 2001 to 2006. She began at Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Sen. Chris Dodd, after which she was legal counsel to Sen. Reed from 1999 to 2000.

Before working on Capitol Hill, Stein was an associate at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and an assistant professor at the University of Dayton School of Law. She was an Advocacy Fellow with the Georgetown University Law Center from 1993 to 1995 and a Skadden Fellow from 1991 to 1993. She was a visiting lecturer at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Law from 1989 to 1990.


Stein received her B.A. from Yale College and J.D. from Yale Law School.


  1. Kara Stein Sworn in as SEC Commissioner. SEC.
  2. Obama picks Stein and Piwowar for SEC. The Washington Post.