Saliha Olgun Named a Bond Buyer 2017 Rising Star

Date: September 26, 2017

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer


Washington, DC – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced today that Assistant General Counsel Saliha Olgun was named a “Rising Star” of 2017 by The Bond Buyer. Now in its second year, the Rising Stars program showcases the brightest young minds in the municipal finance industry.

“Saliha has made remarkable contributions to the municipal finance industry while still in the early stages of her career,” said MSRB General Counsel Michael Post. “Her work has been instrumental in addressing complex matters in the municipal securities market, including the increase in price transparency through the disclosure of mark-ups and the promotion of market integrity through the extension of the MSRB’s pay-to-play rule to municipal advisors.”

Olgun joined the MSRB in January 2013 and provides legal expertise on regulatory standards for municipal securities dealers and municipal advisors. Among her areas of expertise is the MSRB’s landmark pay-to-play rule, Rule G-37.

Previously, Olgun was in private practice at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. Olgun received a law degree from New York Law School and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

“It is wonderful to see the next generation contributing to the important field of public finance,” said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly. “The MSRB congratulates all of this year’s rising stars. The municipal finance industry will surely benefit from their talent and passion for many years to come.”

The Bond Buyer Rising Stars program launched in 2016 and honors municipal finance professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership skills, are excellent collaborators, have displayed innovation and creativity in approaching their jobs, and have made positive contributions to the community. The full list of 2017 award winners is available on The Bond Buyer’s website.

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.