MSRB Board of Directors to Participate in Upcoming Industry Events

Date: April 22, 2019

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer


Washington, DC – As part of its ongoing commitment to stakeholder engagement, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today announced that members of its Board of Directors will participate in upcoming town hall meetings at events hosted by the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA) and the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST).

On May 9, 2019, MSRB Board members Kemp Lewis, Renee Boicourt and Jerry Ford, as well as MSRB staff, will join a town hall lunch discussion at the NFMA 36th Annual Conference in Charleston, SC. Attendees will learn more about future initiatives related to the MSRB’s Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, as well as the MSRB’s retrospective rule review efforts to provide municipal securities dealers and advisors with clear interpretations and guidance and compliance resources. The event is being held at the Belmond Charleston Place at 205 Meeting St. in Charleston.

“This year, the Board is focused on increased opportunities for engagement with municipal market participants,” said MSRB Chair Gary Hall. “These events are crucial in helping us better understand market practices—and inform the MSRB’s activities and regulatory solutions.”

On May 23, 2019, Board members Renee Boicourt and Richard Ellis, as well as MSRB President and Chief Executive Officer Lynnette Kelly and Chief Education Officer Ritta McLaughlin will participate in a town hall at the NAST Treasury Management Symposium in Providence, RI. Attendees will be able to share perspectives about the municipal market, gaps in municipal market regulation, ways the MSRB can encourage additional use and adoption of the EMMA website, and additional MSRB resources to help facilitate positive change in the market. The event will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center at 1 Sabin St.

The following day, Ritta McLaughlin and Leah Szarek, MSRB Director, Market Transparency, will lead a training session at the symposium called, “The 3Cs of EMMA for Debt Managers: Customize, Comply, Connect.” The session will include a demonstration of free online tools that issuers can use to support their investor relations programs and manage federal disclosure filings.

The MSRB’s outreach events strengthen relationships between the MSRB and municipal market stakeholders and demonstrate the organization’s commitment to engaging with stakeholders in support of a fair and efficient municipal market. Learn more about upcoming outreach events or invite an MSRB representative to speak at an industry event.

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.