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Thomas Riesenberg
Tom  Riesenberg is the former Deputy General Counsel of Ernst & Young LLP responsible for regulatory matters, primarily involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.  He retired from the firm in  2013 and now serves as a consultant on regulatory issues.  In addition, he serves the Director of Legal Policy and Outreach for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a non-profit organization that develops sustainability-related standards that public companies can use in their mandatory filings with the SEC. He also is a volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Previously, Mr. Riesenberg served as an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; as an appellate litigation attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice; as an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold and Porter; as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Barrington D. Parker in Washington, D.C; and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.  He graduated from the New York University School of Law, and  earned a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Vision Statement: The work that the United Nations Association performs is important in educating the public about the work of the United Nations.   In my work at Ernst & Young, and in my prior position at the Securities and Exchange Commission, I had significant involvement in international regulatory matters involving public company financial statement disclosures; more recently, through my position as the Legal Director of the Sustainability Accountability Standards Board, I have become involved in sustainability issues.  I have been greatly impressed by the work that the United Nations is doing in the sustainability area, and I would like to make sure that this work is widely known.  I also hope that, through my involvement in the United Nations Association, I could help support the United Nations in fulfilling its broader policy objectives.