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Who's Who at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

The Commission consists of six members appointed in July 2009 by Democratic congressional leaders and four members appointed by their Republican counterparts.

Commission Staff
During the final months of 2009 the Commission announced the appointment of 14 senior staffers.

As part of its inquiry the Commission has conducted private discussions and public forums with numerous academic experts. According to the FCIC, the following individuals were involved in those proceedings (through February 2010).

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Commission Staff

Thomas Greene, Executive Director
Greene is a 25-year veteran of the California Attorney General’s Office, where he served as head of its litigation arm, the Public Rights Division. In that capacity Greene led investigations and prosecuted major cases in the fields of antitrust, consumer protection, energy and corporate responsibility. He also chaired the Multi-state Antitrust Task Force for the National Association of Attorneys General. Prior to serving in the California Attorney General’s office, Greene led the consumer advocacy and litigation arm of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. He was previously Special Counsel to the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Martin Biegelman, Assistant Director
Biegelman was most recently Director of Financial Integrity at Microsoft Corporation, where he led a global investigative program focused on fraud and corruption. He previously conducted internal corporate investigations in the private sector and was a federal law enforcement professional for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Bradley J. Bondi, Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel
Bondi was previously a partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he investigated and litigated complex financial and securities cases. He briefly served as counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where he advised commissioners on improving agency enforcement. He also teaches securities law at Georgetown University Law Center and George Mason Law School.

Thomas L. Krebs, Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel
Krebs is former director of the Alabama Securities Commission, a past president of the North American Securities Administrators Association and founder of a six-state task force that prosecuted financial crimes.

Christopher Seefer, Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel
Seefer is a partner at the law firm of Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP, where he has litigated securities class action claims. He was previously senior investigator with the Office of Thrift Supervision, where he investigated allegations of fraud and misconduct related to savings and loan institutions.

Beneva Schulte, Assistant Director
A communications and strategy expert with more than 20 years experience, Schulte has represented a broad range of clients in the private sector and was a political editor for National Public Radio’s Tell Me More program. She also served as communications director for the Dodd for President campaign in 2008 and chief of staff for Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy.

Bart Dzivi, Special Counsel
Dzivi has served as counsel for the Federal Home Loan Bank, where he handled enforcement matters and supervised investigative auditors during the saving and loan crisis. Previously he was counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee where he organized investigative hearings on savings and loan issues and worked in the private sector at several law firms with an emphasis on banking litigation and policy matters.

Gary J. Cohen, Special Business Counsel
Cohen is a senior partner at Sidley Austin LLP, where he has specialized in investment advisory matters, private equity offerings, mezzanine debt transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Sidley, Cohen was a founding partner of a firm specializing in corporate matters, corporate and real estate securities and tax law.

Dixie Noonan, Investigative Counsel
Noonan previously worked at the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell and O’Melveny & Myers, where she was involved in complex securities cases and conducted internal investigations for corporate boards and audit committees.

Mina Simhai, Investigative Counsel
Most recently with the firm of Hogan and Hartson, Simhai specialized in complex global financial transactions. She has extensive experience in financial instruments such as swaps and derivatives.

Thomas Borgers, Senior Investigator
Borgers is a certified fraud examiner who recently helped develop recovery strategies for victims of Bernard Madoff. He was previously a manager and consultant for KPMG and senior investigator-in-charge for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He serves on the board of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, New York.

Carl McCarden, Financial Investigator
McCarden has experience in investment banking at both Credit Suisse and Bear Stearns and has been a senior advisor on a series of large equity offerings, complex financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He previously worked as an equities trader for Citigroup and Knight Securities.

Wendy Edelberg, Research Director
Edelberg has been a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors since 2008 and an economist in the macroeconomic analysis section of the Research and Statistics Division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since 2003.

Matthew Cooper, Senior Adviser
Cooper was most recently correspondent for The Atlantic and editor-at-large for Prior to that he was White House correspondent and deputy bureau chief for Time magazine. He has worked as a national correspondent for both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, senior editor for The New Republic, an editor at The Washington Monthly, and has written for Slate, The New York Times and other media.

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