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Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

EVENT KATHLEEN L. CASEY, Commissioner of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), to Address NIAF Public Policy Lecture Series

SPONSORS: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and The Villanova School of Business

WHEN: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

WHERE: New York Marriott Marquis, Manhattan Ballroom
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Moderator: Michael Pagano, Ph.D., CFA

Professor of Finance, Villanova School of Business

Panelists: Christopher Concannon
Partner, Virtu Financial

Joseph Mecane
Executive VP, Co-head of U.S. Cash and Listings, NYSE Euronext, Inc.

Jamil Nazarali
Managing Director, Head of Electronic Trading, Knight Capital Group, Inc.

Greg Tusar
Managing Director, Head of U.S. Electronic Trading, Goldman Sachs

Kathleen L. Casey, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner, will serve as the keynote speaker at a National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Public Policy Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.

During the luncheon Casey will discuss “Current Issues in Competition and Regulation.” She will be joined by NIAF’s leadership including Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq., president as well as Italian American business and community leaders, government officials and opinion leaders.

The roundtable of distinguished panelist will discuss the recent turmoil of the financial crisis. Governments and regulators around the world are contemplating changes to financial regulation that can reduce systemic risk as well as enhance the integrity of financial markets and institutions.

Held around the nation, the NIAF Public Policy Lecture Series is an educational program that showcases distinguished figures discussing their respective areas of expertise in public policy in a nonpartisan setting. Past speakers have included Carlo V. di Florio, director of the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Dana Perino, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush; Hon. Louis J. Freeh, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve; Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve; and Christopher Cox, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This policy luncheon is being held in collaboration with the NIAF Business Roundtable, a program that assembles leaders in business and key decision makers in substantive discussion on critical issues of the day. The NIAF Business Roundtable has been held in both the United States and Italy with the next installment set for June 8, 2010 in Rome, Italy.

The event is open and free of charge to NIAF Council Members. To become a member, visit

Media Contacts: Elissa Ruffino, 202/939-3106, or Natasha Borato,202/939-3116,

NIAF is an independent, non-partisan, non-sectarian, not-for profit foundation dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Remarks made during NIAF Public Policy Lectures represent the view of the speaker and are not endorsed by The Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation’s programs, visit

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