Brooksley Born served as chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1996 to 1999. She is a longtime Washington, D.C., lawyer who joined Arnold & Porter in 1965, became a partner in the firm in 1974 and retired from the firm in 2002. She was the head of the firm's derivatives practice and represented domestic and international clients in legislative, litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters involving derivatives and financial markets.
A graduate of Stanford Law School, Born served as a commissioner of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission from 2009 to 2011 and is a member of the Systemic Risk Council.
She helped found the National Women’s Law Center and chaired its board for twenty-six years. She was a 2009 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Profile in Courage Award and also has received The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award.