Phil Angelides

Chairman Phil Angelides

Two weeks ago, I discussed how a new Pecora Commission could start hiring staff, rolling up sleeves, and getting to work as soon as the first four commissioners were in place. Well, guess what?

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed just named the first six commissioners. Republican House and Senate leaders will name the remaining four commissioners, including the vice chair.

So far, we have Chairman Phil Angelides, the former State Treasurer of California and former gubernatorial candidate, Brooksley Born, who was the head of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission during the Clinton Administration and who was described by the Washington Post as the "Cassandra of the Derivatives Crisis" (commentors Nelson Algren , MarcH, and Argeec get their wish), and we have John W. Thompson, formerly Chairman of the Board at Symantec. Thompson was on Obama’s short list to be Secretary of Commerce.

Those first three are Pelosi’s picks. Harry Reed’s picks are former Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, Heather Murren, former Managing Director for Global Research and Economics at Merrill Lynch, and currently the Chairman of the Board for the Nevada Cancer Institute, and, last but not least, Las Vegas attorney Byron Georgiu.

Let’s hope they all get to work right away. Good luck and godspeed to them all.

This is the sixth part of a continuing series on the original Pecora Commission and its relevance today. Previous posts can be found here: part one, part two, part three, part four, part five.

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under several different U.S. Attorneys, former counsel to the Inspector General for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection where she investigated threats to the New York City water supply and other environmental crimes, as well as public corruption and fraud against the government, former Examining Attorney at the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation and former Capital Construction Counsel at New York City Parks and Recreation.
She is now in private practice with a colleague whom she met while at the USA Attorney's Office. Ms. Kouril is a member of the Steering Committee, National Committeewoman and Regional Coordinator for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Election Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is active in several other Bar Associations.
Most important of all, she is a soccer mom.