Erica Y. Williams
Erica Y. Williams was appointed as Chair of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board by the Securities and Exchange Commission in November 2021 and sworn in on January 10, 2022. Her current term expires on October 24, 2024.
Chair Williams joined the PCAOB from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she was a litigation partner. Previously, she was a Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, advising the president and his senior advisors on legal and constitutional issues involving economic policy, financial regulation and reform, financial technology, trade, intellectual property, and data protection and privacy.
Before that, Chair Williams spent 11 years at the SEC serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for three chairs. In this role, she oversaw all aspects of the SEC’s operations and served as a senior legal advisor to the SEC chair on regulatory policy and rulemakings, enforcement, compliance examinations, agency management and strategy.
Earlier in her career, Chair Williams served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Trial Unit, where she investigated and litigated numerous complex, high-profile matters. Chair Williams earned both a J.D. and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Recent Speeches and Statements by Chair Williams
Chair Williams’ Statement Before the SEC Open Commission Meeting on the PCAOB’s Proposed 2024 Budget
SEC Open Commission Meeting on the PCAOB’s Proposed 2024 Budget
Dec. 13, 2023
Chair Williams’ Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets
House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets
Dec. 12, 2023
Chair Williams to Auditing Profession: “Too Much is At Stake to Let Complacency Win”
AICPA & CIMA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments
Dec. 4, 2023