AAEC alum joins U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
By: Norman Martin
A 1996 graduate of Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award last year from Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has been sworn in to serve as a commissioner on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Dawn Stump was administered her oath of office on Wednesday (Sept. 5) during a special ceremony in New York City. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is an independent agency of the U.S. government created in 1974 that regulates futures and option markets. Its mission is to foster open, transparent, competitive and financially sound markets.
"I'm honored to re-enter public service as a commissioner and proud to join the CFTC in advancing a mission I have long supported," Stump said. "I'm also grateful to former Commissioner [Jill] Sommers for helping me mark this occasion in a manner that recognizes the contributions that many women have made to the agency."
Prior to her appointment, the Olton native served as president of Stump Strategic, a consulting firm she founded in 2016. Before starting her firm, Stump was executive director and senior vice president of U.S. Policy for the Futures Industry Association, and a vice president at the New York Stock Exchange.
During much of her career she served the public sector in staff positions in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, including six years at the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry where she focused on various farm policy, rural development, and renewable energy matters as well as oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
While serving in both congressional houses, Stump participated in negotiations of two farm bills, Commodity Futures Trading Commission re-authorization, and the Dodd-Frank Act.
CONTACT: Phillip Johnson, chairman and director of the university's Thornton Agricultural Finance Institute, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-0474 or firstname.lastname@example.org