Office of the Secretary
Phoebe W. Brown, PCAOB secretary, oversees the scheduling of the Board's open and closed meetings and preparing and maintaining records of Board actions. She also is responsible for receiving and tracking documents filed with the Board, including comment letters on proposed rules and auditing standards.
Brown was named secretary in March 2012, after having served for nine years as special counsel to Board Member Daniel L. Goelzer. She advised Goelzer on all matters that came before the Board for decision, as well as coordinated, and, in some cases, led initiatives related to the Board’s programs, operations, and strategic planning. During this time, Brown also assisted Goelzer when he was acting chairman of the PCAOB, from August 2009 through February 2011, and when he served as vice chairman of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) from April 2011 to March 2012.
Prior to joining the PCAOB, Brown was a senior associate at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where she practiced securities and corporate law. Brown received B.A., magna cum laude, honors, from Brown University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a J.D, from Northeastern University School of Law. Brown is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bar associations.