MSRB Announces Members of Investor Advisory Group

Date: November 30, 2015

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer
              (703) 797-6600 


Alexandria, VA - The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today announced the names of the members of its 2016 Investor Advisory Group, which was created recently to provide the MSRB’s Board of Directors with access to additional expertise on municipal market practices, transparency and investor protection issues. 

Members of the 2016 MSRB Investor Advisory Group are: 

  • Joseph John Bridy, Partner, Hamlin Capital Management
  • Joseph P. Darcy, Executive Vice President, Sector Head, Municipal Fixed Income,  Hartford Investment Management Company
  • Lyle Fitterer, Managing Director, Head of Tax-Exempt Fixed Income, Wells Capital Management
  • Thalia Meehan, Portfolio Manager, Putnam Investments
  • Bill Oliver, Retail Investor
  • Betsy C. Shelton, Director of Research and Senior Portfolio Manager, Charles Fish Investments, Inc.
  • Benjamin S. Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Capital Inc. 

“The Investor Advisory Group will help ensure that the Board’s deliberations on key issues include the perspectives of active and knowledgeable municipal securities investors,” said MSRB Chair Nat Singer. “The advisory group members each have decades of experience that will enhance the work of the MSRB to promote a fair and efficient market.”   

The advisory group will meet periodically throughout the year, as directed by the Board.

The MSRB protects investors, state and local governments and other municipal entities, and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating the municipal securities firms, banks and municipal advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants, the MSRB provides market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the official repository for information on all municipal bonds. The MSRB also serves as an objective resource on the municipal market, conducts extensive education and outreach to market stakeholders, and provides market leadership on key issues. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a 21-member board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.