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Ryan VanGrack, Senior Advisor to the Chair, Securities & Exchange Commission, 35


Job: I am a senior legal and policy advisor to the Chair of the S.E.C., providing counsel on all aspects of the agency's work—from enforcement matters and regulatory policy to coordination with other federal agencies and international bodies.

Community involvement: While at Williams & Connolly, I worked on several pro bono matters, including (1) second-chairing the jury trial of a defendant charged with armed robbery, (2) drafting and arguing appeals for defendants convicted of various felonies (e.g., attempted murder), and (3) successfully appealing the denial of social security benefits for disabled individuals.

Career highlights: Helping the Commission’s enforcement program experience a record year in terms of both actions brought and monetary sanctions ordered; briefing senior staff while serving as an attorney in the White House.

Why this career: I always had an interest in law, finance and public service. The S.E.C. was a natural fit.

Where you grew up: DC suburbs

Why DC: Washington is a great place to raise a family, have an impact, and root for decent sports teams (Redskins notwithstanding).

First job: Working on the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund.

Family: Wife, son and rescue dog.

Free time: Nationals games with my son.

Favorite vacation spots: Santorini, Kyoto, Machu Picchu, anywhere with a beach.

Bucket list: Safari; attending NCAA Final Four when Duke is playing.

Daily habit: Morning walk with my son and dog (best way to get grounded before starting the day).

Startling fact: I have an identical twin, who is also a government attorney.