Harvey formerly served as the twenty-sixth Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
In that role, from 2001 until 2003, Harvey was responsible, among other things, for overseeing the SEC’s response to the market disruptions resulting from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, for creating the SEC’s “real time enforcement” program, and for leading the Commission’s adoption of dozens of rules in response to the corporate and accounting crises generated by the excesses of the 1990s.
For nearly a quarter of a century before becoming the SEC’s Chairman, Harvey was a senior corporate partner in the international law firm, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He was a founding trustee and the first President of the SEC Historical Society, and participates in a wide variety of bar and continuing legal education activities to further public consideration of significant corporate and securities law issues. Harvey served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (1975-84), George Washington University Law School (1974-82), the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1983-84), and The Yale Law School (2007).
Harvey served previously with the SEC, from 1968 until 1978, including three years as the Commission’s General Counsel (1975-78). He received a J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law (1968), and his B.A. from the City University of New York (Brooklyn College) (1965). He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by St. John’s University in June 2002, and was given the Brooklyn College President’s Medal of Distinction in 2003.
Harvey is currently a Director of GWU Medical Faculty Associates, Inc., a §501(c)(3) corporation that provides comprehensive medical care to residents of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and serves on its Audit Committee. He is a member of the Global Advisory Forum of the CQS Hedge Fund, and a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Council of Millennium Management LLC. He also serves on the Board of Directors to the offshore funds of Paulson & Co., and its affiliates. He previously served for three years on the National Cathedral School’s Board of Trustees, where he was at various times Board Vice-Chair, Co-Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and Chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Pitt previously served as a Director of Approva Corporation, and was a member of its Audit Committee.