Ritta McLaughlin, Chief Education Officer

Ritta McLaughlin is Chief Education Officer for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). Ritta oversees the education and outreach activities of the MSRB, which seek to inform municipal market stakeholders and others about MSRB initiatives and municipal market issues. She also facilitates discussion and problem-solving among stakeholders to address challenges in the municipal market, advocate solutions where appropriate and influence positive market practices. Ritta is responsible for the development and oversight of the operations of the MSRB’s MuniEdPro®. Launched in 2016, MuniEdPro® is a suite of interactive, online courses about municipal market activities and regulations that provide real-world simulations that allow the learner to understand municipal securities transactions and the related market and regulatory considerations.

Prior to joining the MSRB, Ritta was associate treasurer for the District of Columbia, where she handled the District’s multi-billion dollar debt management program. During her career, Ritta was also an executive director of J.P. Morgan, an associate director at Bear Stearns and a senior banker for a number of states and municipalities. Ritta extensive market knowledge benefits the MSRB by providing strategic thought leadership for the industry in an effort to understand trends and anticipate future needs.

She received a bachelor's degree in urban policy from Vassar College and a master’s degree in urban policy and management from Milano The New School for Social Research.

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 Congressionally-chartered, 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 subject to oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission.