Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Rostin Behnam L’05 Hosts DCEx Students
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Rostin Behnam L’05 recently participated as a distinguished guest lecturer for the DCEx program. Commissioner Behnam was appointed by President Trump last July and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in August. He assumed office in September and will serve in one of the Democrat seats until 2021.
Commissioner Behnam and two of his advising attorneys described the agency’s role and statutory authority to regulate commerce and the CFTC’s political and social dynamic. The commissioner encouraged the students to continue participating in externship opportunities like the DC Externship Program because students stand to gain incredibly valuable connections and real-world experience that the classroom cannot provide.
Before being appointed to the CFTC, Commissioner Behnam served as senior counsel to US Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan where he advised her on matters pertaining to the CFTC and Department of Agriculture.