Robert A. Marchman

Robert A. Marchman
  • Senior Policy Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion
  • SEC Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)

In January 2020, Mr. Marchman joined the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the new role of Senior Policy Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion/SEC Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). Highlighting the development of strategies intended to expand diversity and inclusivity within the SEC and its external partner, Mr. Marchman works closely with the divisions, offices, and committees of the Commission along with assisting the SEC’s efforts to advocate for financial literacy and inclusion in overlooked sectors of the investor community. Mr. Marchman began his career at the SEC as a Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement.

Prior to his new role at the SEC, Mr. Marchman was at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as Executive Vice President and Head of the Market Regulation Department’s Legal Group (the Group prosecutes violations of market rules and federal securities laws such as the recent significant disciplinary actions involving manipulative high-frequency trading activity.)

Previously, Mr. Marchman was responsible for managing the New York Stock Exchange Regulation’s Enforcement Division and Regulatory Risk Group. During his tenure at the NYSE, Mr. Marchman directed several high profile and significant securities regulation disciplinary actions including the research analysts conflict of interest and specialist trading ahead cases.
Mr. Marchman also served as Chairman of NYSE Diversity Council from its inception in 1999 until his departure from the NYSE. The Council directed the company’s diversity management effort, a strategic business imperative. In his role as Chairman he played a major role in leading important Exchange initiatives such as recruitment and retention efforts, financial literacy programs and outreach to communities of color. At FINRA, Mr. Marchman served as liaison to the CEO for the company’s diversity management initiative.

Mr. Marchman is a magna cum laude graduate of Allegheny College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Marchman attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development. Mr. Marchman’s involvement in civic affairs includes Board membership service on organizations such as Operation HOPE, PFLAG, CEE, University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Community Coalition on Race of South Orange – Maplewood, New Jersey. He has also served as a member of the Maplewood, New Jersey Zoning Board and is a Lector at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, NJ.

Mr. Marchman, the first African American Executive Vice President at the NYSE, has been the recipient of awards for professional accomplishments as well as community and civic service including: Savoy Magazine’s “2012 Top 100 African – Americans in Corporate America”; University of Pennsylvania Law School 2012 Alumni Award of Merit; National Multicultural Institute’s Leading Light Diversity Award; NV Magazine “Wall Street” Achievement Award; Allegheny College Alumni Award (professional accomplishments); Harlem YMCA “African – American Achiever” Award; Junior Achievement Volunteerism Award; The Urban League of Essex County “Dare to Dream” Award; The South Orange Civic Association “Beloved Community Contributor” Award; Wall Street in Black “Industry Pioneer” Award; Operation HOPE Chairman’s Award and the Youth About Business “Commitment to Excellence” Award.