Laura S. Unger

Laura S. Unger

Ms. Unger has extensive experience with regulatory and legislative policy and strategy in the the financial services industry and has served on a number of public company boards over the last two decades.

She currently serves as an independent director of two public companies – Nomura Holdings Inc. (NHI) and Navient Corp. (Navient) – one foreign private issuer, Nomura Holdings America (NHA) and a Nomura subsidiary, Instinet. Ms. Unger Chairs the NHI Board Risk Committee, the NHA Audit Committees and the Navient Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee.

She is also a member of the Board of Bearacuda Re, Children’s National’s captive insurance company.

In November 1999, Ms. Unger was appointed to serve as the 78th member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Her tenure at the SEC included six months as Acting Chair. While at the SEC, she focused on the impact of technology on the capital markets, investors and regulation. She authored a report in 1999, “Keeping Apace of Cyberspace,” which earned her technology person of the year and remains relevant. She wrote numerous articles about technology and regulation following the Report’s publication – culminating in a speaking role at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2001. Ms. Unger remains keenly interested in this topic.

After resigning her SEC Commissioner seat, Ms. Unger took on several roles as a television financial news commentator and as a consultant. In 2002, she became CNBC’s Regulatory Expert for one year, later joining PBS’s Nightly Business Report as a monthly commentator. She continues to provide on air commentary and analysis for financial news programs.

In 2003, she began a six year appointment as JPMorgan’s Independent Consultant for the Global Analyst Conflict settlement. She joined Promontory Financial Group as a Special Advisor in 2010. At Promontory, she primarily worked with financial services companies to analyze and engage in Dodd Frank related rule making over a four year period.

Ms. Unger began her career in government. Her first government stint was as an Enforcement Attorney at the SEC in NYC and Washington, D.C., followed by her serving as Securities Counsel to the U.S. Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Ms. Unger received her B.A. in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley in 1983 and her J.D. from New York Law School in 1987.