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Senior Policy Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion

Organization: Unined States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Profession: Senior Policy Advisor



Robert A. Marchman serves as the Senior Policy Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion, a newly created role within the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). Mr. Marchman focuses on working with Commission divisions, offices, and advisory committees to develop and implement strategies to promote diversity and inclusion, both within the SEC and through external engagement with agency partners and market participants. Mr. Marchman also assisst the agency's ongoing efforts to promote financial literacy and inclusion in underserved portions of the investor community. 


Mr. Marchman joined the SEC in January 2020, after serving the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where most recently he served as special advisor to the head of the Department of Enforcement. In that role, his responsibilities included providing advice and guidance to the Department Head on a variety of programmatic, operational and policy issues related to the FINRA’s recently merged enforcement programs including matters pertaining to FINRA’s Regulatory Service Agreement clients. Mr. Marchman also played a major role in providing guidance to FINRA senior management with regard to its diversity and inclusion efforts including serving as the Executive Sponsor for the newly formed Generations Employee Resource Group and the Executive Diversity Leadership Council. Prior to that, Mr. Marchman served as Executive Vice President and Head of the Market Regulation Department’s Legal Group in the continuation of a career devoted exclusively to protecting the interests of the investing public. In addition, Mr. Marchman continues to be a regular speaker on financial services regulation as well as diversity and inclusion issues panels.

Prior to joining FINRA, Mr. Marchman headed the New York Stock Exchange Regulation’s Enforcement Division and Regulatory Risk Group as well as its Market Surveillance Department. During his tenure at the NYSE Mr. Marchman directed several high profile and significant securities regulation disciplinary actions including the research analysts conflict of interest and specialist trading ahead cases, developed and implemented a new regulatory risk assessment program and lead the surveillance department in the implementation of new and robust surveillances through a period of challenge and change at the NYSE.

Mr. Marchman also served as Chairman of NYSE Diversity Council from its inception in 1999 until his departure from the NYSE. In his role as Chairman he played a critical role in leading important Exchange initiatives such as recruitment and retention efforts, mentoring, financial literacy programs and outreach to communities of color.

Prior to joining the NYSE in 1989, Mr. Marchman was a Branch Chief in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where he started his stellar legal career in 1983.


Mr. Marchman is a magna cum laude graduate of Allegheny College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Marchman attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development. Mr. Marchman’s involvement in civic affairs includes board membership service for organizations such: as Allegheny College (Board of Trustees); Operation HOPE (financial literacy for children and adults); PFLAG (social justice); the NSHSS Foundation (educational opportunities for underrepresented high school students in the sciences); CEE (financial literacy for children and adults); University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Managers; Maplewood Township Zoning Board; and the Community Coalition on Race of South Orange – Maplewood (Chairman).

Mr. Marchman has also served on a number of the South Orange – Maplewood School District committees. Mr. Marchman is also a Lector at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, NJ.

Personal life

Mr. Marchman, a native of Brooklyn, NY, resides in Maplewood, NJ.

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