With a JD from Georgetown and an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Szczepanik joined the SEC in 1997 and most recently served as an Assistant Director in the Division of Enforcement’s Cyber Unit.  She is the Head of the SEC’s Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group, Co-Head of its Dark Web Working Group, and a member of its FinTech Working Group.

A few months later, in October, the SEC announced the launch of the agency’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub), led by Valerie Szczepanik, as “a resource for public engagement on the SEC’s FinTech-related issues and initiatives, such as distributed ledger technology (including digital assets), automated investment advice, digital marketplace financing, and artificial intelligence/machine learning.