Carolyn McPhillips joined the Forum's staff in July 2005. In June 2020, Carolyn succeeded as President of MFDF. Immediately prior to joining the Forum, she lived in Naples, Italy. She was an associate in the Financial Services Group of Dechert
LLP from 2000 to 2003.
David B. Smith, Jr.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
is the Executive Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs at MFDF. He joined the Forum's staff in November 2005. Previously, David served with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as Associate Director (Public Utility and Investment
Company Regulation), and, prior to that, as Assistant General Counsel for Investment Management, Office of the General Counsel. Before that, he served as staff attorney, then Senior Counsel, with the same Office.
Joanne joined the Forum in September 2016 as Counsel to the MFDF. She began her legal career at K&L Gates and later Seward & Kissel working on 1940 Act issues. Most recently, she was an associate in the Investment Management group at Sullivan & Worcester, LLP. Before beginning her legal career, Joanne wrote and edited financial news at The Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe.
Sara Vargo joined the Forum in October 2021. Prior to joining the Forum’s staff, she was the Director of Government Relations and International Affairs at the Managed Funds Association. Earlier in her career she worked as a regulatory analyst at FINRA in the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence, and on Capitol Hill as a subcommittee legal clerk for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. She is a magna cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University, and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo.
Young Hee Kim
Chief of Staff
Young Hee Kim joined the Forum in April 2012. Before joining MFDF, Young was a public affairs and research analyst in the federal government and nonprofit settings.
Operations & Member Services Manager
Leslie Beckbridge joined the Forum as Membership Associate in March 2015. Prior to joining the Forum's staff, Leslie worked at a DC consulting firm providing communications, business development, and client relations support. Leslie's background is primarily in the nonprofit sector, and she brings experience in customer service, database management, executive support, and staffing to the Forum team.