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2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report

Discover how DEI is embedded in everything we do at FINRA.

A Look Ahead with FINRA Leadership

Hear from the CEO and top leaders of FINRA about the DEI successes of 2022, and new opportunities to strengthen the organization in the coming years.

CEO Robert Cook

Letter from the CEO 

As we pause to reflect on FINRA’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work over the course of 2022, I am fortunate to say that DEI is integral to FINRA's operations. At all levels of our organization—from our Board of Governors to our more than 3,800 employees—we realize the value of diverse backgrounds and inclusive leadership in informing our work and fulfilling our mission to protect investors and promote market integrity. Simply said, when every employee has the opportunity to thrive and contribute unique talents to our organization, we are stronger for it.


Letter from the Chief Diversity Officer

2022 marked the 15th anniversary of the launch of FINRA Women’s Network, the precursor to what has grown—through brave and courageous leadership—into a formal FINRA-wide diversity, equity and inclusion program that includes 10 employee resource groups (ERGs), an annual CEO-hosted Diversity Leadership Summit and DEI thought leadership throughout the financial services industry.


The Evolution of DEI:

A Q&A with Rainia L. Washington
Chief Human Resource Officer

In June 2020, FINRA named Rainia L. Washington its Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer, charged with overseeing the organization’s talent recruitment, training and development, diversity and inclusion, compensation and benefits, and employee relations. Washington came to FINRA after 26 years in human resources.

Expanding DEI Beyond FINRA

Whether it’s through the FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s community outreach, the annual FINRA Diversity Leadership Summit or a FINRA team member’s speaking engagement, FINRA is dedicated to increasing representation in all spaces, giving decision makers, ranging from individual first-time investors to CEOs, access to the information they need to make solid, inclusive decisions. Explore the many programs that will have ripple effects in future years.

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Thought Leadership


The Thought Leadership pillar is external-facing, focused on influencing an increase in diverse representation and an inclusive environment in the financial services industry.

FINRA formed the Industry Diversity Advisory Committee (IDAC) to explore opportunities and provide guidance to the FINRA Board of Governors and management on enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion across the securities industry.

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DEI is not an ‘extra,’ it’s not a ‘plus’—it’s integral to good leadership, good business and good regulation.

Gina Petrocelli, Vice President, Enforcement Legal and Co-Chair of the Diversity Leadership Council