Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
B.A., University of Minnesota; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law; LL.M, Columbia Law School
Brandon Becker is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at TIAA-CREF.
Mr. Becker leads the company's legal and compliance, government relations and internal audit functions.
Previously, Mr. Becker was a Partner in the securities department at the law firm WilmerHale. He was also Chair of the firm's Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Practice Group. He specialized on a range of regulatory, financial and corporate matters on behalf of companies, banks, broker-dealers, trade associations and other organizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Becker was a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1976 to 1996. He served as director for the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets and was responsible for the program to oversee securities professionals and markets. He also served as a staff member of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets; as a member of the Financial Products Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and as the SEC's representative to the Secondary Markets Working Party of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.
Mr. Becker has taught various courses on corporate law and securities regulation at American University, George Mason University and Georgetown University and has published widely on these topics. He is a current member and former Chair of the Subcommittee on Market Regulation of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for International Finance, BNA Securities Regulation and Law Report, Journal of Investment Compliance, and wallstreetlawyer.com.
Mr. Becker holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and an LL.M from Columbia Law School.