Kirsten Wegner, CEO
Kirsten Wegner is the Chief Executive Officer of Modern Markets Initiative, the education and advocacy organization devoted to the role of technological innovation in creating the world’s best markets. She is known for her thought leadership in advancing secure savings and investment through innovation. Prior to being appointed CEO, she served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for MMI.
Kirsten is frequently quoted on market structure issues including exchange data fees, intellectual property protection of source code, the negative implications of a potential financial transaction tax as well as the trading of cryptocurrencies in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Politico and regularly pens Op-Eds on these and other topics.
Before to joining MMI, she served as Director, Government Relations for the International Securities Exchange where she created bipartisan outreach and advocacy strategy on financial services and tax matters impacting exchanges and retail investors.
Previously, she was a Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, providing strategic counsel to technology startups, stock exchanges, Industry trade organizations, and brokerages on financial services, tax, and technology matters.
Kirsten holds a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. degree from Columbia University.
MMI Advisory Board
The MMI Advisory Board is a community of change-makers who share a common goal: advancing secure savings and investment through innovation. The Advisory Board meets regularly to tackle industry issues and discuss creative solutions for ensuring that we maintain the Best Markets Ever.
Topics the Advisory Board is addressing in the coming year include:
recognizing the key role that technology plays in advancing savings;
technological solutions for democratizing access to investment
helping pension funds to innovate, and highlighting innovative pension funds
promoting women in technology/innovation
showcasing the competitiveness of US innovators and their role creating the Best Markets Ever
Mission: The MMI Advisory Board is a community of change-makers who share a common goal: advancing secure savings and investment through innovation. The Advisory Board meets regularly to tackle industry issues and discuss creative solutions for ensuring that we maintain the Best Markets Ever. Topics the Advisory Board is addressing in the coming year include: (1) recognizing the key role that technology plays in advancing savings; (2) democratizing access to investment tools, including technological solutions to help the underbanked; (3) helping pension funds to innovate, and highlighting innovative pension funds; (4) promoting women in technology/innovation; and (5) showcasing the competitiveness of US innovators and their role in creating the Best Markets Ever.
Dr. Jim Angel
Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Professor Angel specializes in the structure and regulation of financial markets around the world and has testified before Congress about issues relating to the design of financial markets.
Chairman, DC Vote
Mr. Basnayake is known for his work on behalf of small business owners and promoting opportunities for young entrepreneurs through his civic involvement on the Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission. In addition, he has been recognized as one of the "the most influential Washingtonians under 40."
Executive Director, National Public Pension Coalition
Ms. Childers leads national and state efforts to advance retirement security for working Americans. A thought leader on pensions and retirement policy, she has been published regularly in The Hill, Huffington Post, Medium, and outlets like CNBC and CNN Money.
Vice President, Technology and E-commerce policy, AH&LA
Ms. Cope leads government advocacy in technology and e-commerce policy issues, including managing public policy, regulatory, and legislative affairs relating to innovation, technology, and competition issues. Previously, Cope served as professional staff for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where she focused on global internet policy, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and telecommunications.
Thought Leader, Innovation and Market Structure Issues
Mr. Harts is a thought leader within the innovation and financial technology community. He began his career as an entrepreneur writing a best-selling software program, and since then has held a variety of leadership roles within the trading technology and entrepreneurial communities, including as the former CEO of Modern Markets Initiative.
Co-Head of Government Affairs for ICE, NYSE
Ms. Jarkowski conducts educational outreach on financial services issues, drawing upon her public sector experience as an attorney at the SEC and the Senate Banking Committee.
Executive Director, NCPERS
Mr. Kim directs the day-to-day operation of the largest public pension trade association in the United States. He is known for his thought leadership in advancing secure retirement savings for public pension fund participants, for advocating for the benefits of defined benefit pension plans, and for being a voice of the savings community.
Executive Director, NCPERS
Mr. Masso is the President and Co-Founder of Succession Systems, a technology company focused on global Market Access Compliance solutions. Before devoting his work to Succession, Anthony worked as an attorney in NYC, served as General Counsel to a proprietary trading firm and a start-up colocation and infra-structure company. He has worked in the broker/dealer space for the past 20 years with a special emphasis on market access issues, technology and compliance.
Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel, Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Mr. Mohr spearheads public advocacy on intellectual property issues and works closely with technology industries.
Head of Technology and Innovation Policy, Daimler
Jessica F. Nigro is the head of Technology and Innovation Policy in Daimler’s Washington, DC office. In this capacity she drives the company’s policy efforts on innovation and future technology, as well as developing strategic partnerships with NGOs, government and diplomatic entities, and business partners throughout the US. Current hot topics she spends her time on include automated vehicle policy, connectivity, data and cybersecurity, and future mobility strategy.
Jeannine Markoe Raymond
Director of Federal Relations, National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA)
Ms. Raymond coordinates numerous policy efforts regarding state and local retirement issues, and frequently speaks and writes on federal legislative and regulatory matters, as well as state retirement system policies and trends.
Bruce E. Thompson
Thought Leader, Public Policy Impacting Savings
Mr. Thompson has over three decades of experience on public policy issues affecting the financial services industry and the savings communities. He was involved in legislation including the creation of the Roth IRA. He previously served as the Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Legislative Affairs and was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the department’s highest honor.
Policy Director, Engine
Ms. Wolbers engages directly with lawmakers to promote startup communities throughout the country to ensure that policymakers prioritize needs of the nation’s innovators and entrepreneurs.