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December 2019
Chicago Fed Hires Senior Policy Advisor and Director of International Engagement

CHICAGO - (December 9, 2019) Maggie Sklar joined the economic research department on December 2 as senior policy advisor and director of international engagement in the financial markets group. Sklar reports to Vice President Alessandro Cocco.

As a senior member of the financial markets group, Sklar will be responsible for analyzing public policy issues in financial markets globally, with a focus on market structure, technology, and systemic stability. The group’s research on financial market institutions, technology and infrastructure helps foster stable and efficient national monetary, financial, and payments systems. Sklar will play a key role in further developing the team’s relationships with international regulators, industry leaders, and the general public.

Sklar has 15 years of legal and public policy experience involving financial institutions and markets. Prior to joining the Chicago Fed, Sklar held various senior leadership positions within the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), including senior counsel to Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, associate director of the office of international affairs, senior counsel to Commissioner Mark P. Wetjen, and senior counsel to LabCFTC, the commission’s fintech hub. While at the CFTC, Sklar was also a deputy to the Financial Stability Oversight Council and represented the CFTC in international fora. Before joining the CFTC, Sklar was a senior litigation associate specializing in securities litigation, complex civil litigation, and government investigations.

Sklar received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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