Allison Herren Lee

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Allison Herren Lee
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Occupation SEC Commissioner
Employer Securities and Exchange Commission
Location New York City

Allison Herren Lee was sworn into office on July 8, 2019 as a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner. She was acting chairman of the SEC from January 2021 - April 2021. She was named to the acting chairman role by President Joseph Biden.[1]

Lee was nominated to the SEC by President Donald J. Trump and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.


Commissioner Lee had more than two decades of experience as a securities law practitioner. Most recently, she has written, lectured, and taught courses internationally on financial regulation and corporate law. She served for over a decade in various roles at the SEC, including as counsel to Commissioner Kara Stein, and as Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit.

Lee also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, was a member of the American Bar Association’s former Committee on Public Company Disclosure, and participated on a USAID project in Armenia, assisting in the drafting of periodic reporting and disclosure provisions for a comprehensive law of the Republic of Armenia on Securities Market Regulation.

Before her government service, Commissioner Lee was a partner at Sherman & Howard LLC, focusing on securities, antitrust, and commercial litigation.[2]


A member of the Colorado bar, Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law, where she was salutatorian, a Chancellor’s Scholar, and served on the Law Review.