Former Chairman, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC
American Academy Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2003
Harvey L. Pitt is the Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director of Kalorama Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm. He is also a columnist with Compliance Weekly and a regular speaker and commentator in television and webcasts interviews regarding financial matters.
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Pitt as the 26th Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Pitt was responsible for overseeing the SEC’s response to the market disruptions caused by the attacks of September 11, 2001. During the Wall Street insider-trading scandals of the 1980s, Pitt worked as a defense lawyer for those accused of insider trading, representing each of the Big Five accounting firms. He was a key supporter of self-regulation of the securities industry and helped in the passage of the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.
Pitt received a JD from St. John’s University School of Law (1968), and his BA from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York (1965). He was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by St. John’s University School of Law in June 2002.