Robert J. Jackson Jr. and Hester M. Pierce were sworn into office by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. Their nominations were confirmed by the Senate on Dec. 21, 2017. Commissioner Jackson was previously a professor at NYU School of Law and also taught at Columbia University and served in the Treasury Department. Commissioner Pierce was previously a Senior Research fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Before that, she worked for Senator Richard Shelby on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and as counsel to then-SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins.