FINRA Names Head of Investor Education

October 4, 2011 ( - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that Gerri Walsh has been named President of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and head of FINRA's Investor Education division. 

Walsh will be taking over these two positions from John Gannon, who left FINRA earlier this year.

According to the announcement, Walsh joined FINRA in May 2006, serving as Vice President and Deputy Director of Investor Education. In this role, Walsh helped develop and implement many of FINRA’s investor education initiatives and programs, and led outreach efforts for the FINRA Foundation’s Military Financial Education Program and the Investor Protection Campaign.

Before joining FINRA, Walsh was Deputy Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and, before that, Special Counsel to the Director of OIEA. She also served as a senior attorney in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, investigating and prosecuting violators of the federal securities laws.

Prior to joining the SEC, Walsh was an associate with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells LLC). She received her JD from NYU School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.