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Adam Wasserman is the founder and Executive Director of Finpublica (www.finpublica.org) – an organization designed to curate and cultivate finance leaders committed to working together to implement environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives within their firms and across the industry more broadly. Prior to founding Finpublica, Adam served for more than seven years as Head of Enforcement for the New York Stock Exchange, where he rebuilt NYSE’s Market Regulation department from the ground up and led a team of attorneys assuring that its securities markets remained safe, efficient, and fair. Previously, Adam was a white collar and securities litigation partner at Dechert LLP, where he specialized in assisting financial institutions and their senior executives in institution defining matters (including the independent directors of Lehman Brothers in all issues arising out of the 2008 financial crisis). He also led Dechert’s New York office's award-winning pro bono program and, in his own pro bono work, won asylum for a detained Somali refugee, obtained a declaratory judgment against the NYPD on behalf of clean needle exchange program participants, counseled the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and defended a mentally ill death row inmate (who had been allowed to represent himself at trial) in post-conviction proceedings. Adam received a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a Finance Leaders Fellow and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Adam lives a bit north of New York City with his wife Kate, their two children, and a cavapoo named Hamilton.