Katharine Zoladz

Regional Director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Katharine E. Zoladz is Regional Director of the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Office. Ms. Zoladz previously served as Acting Co-Director and as the Associate Regional Director for Enforcement. She joined the agency in 2010.

Ms. Zoladz leads a staff of more than 160 accountants, attorneys, investigators, litigators, securities compliance examiners, and other personnel involved in the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance examinations focusing on Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, Nevada, and Southern California.

Ms. Zoladz began working at the SEC's Division of Enforcement as a staff attorney in the Los Angeles Office in 2010 and joined the Division’s Asset Management Unit in 2017. She was promoted to Assistant Regional Director in 2017, to Associate Regional Director in 2019, and to Acting Co-Director in 2023.

During her SEC career, Ms. Zoladz has investigated or supervised significant enforcement matters involving a variety of securities law violations, including cases against Pacific Investment Management Company, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and its parent company, and investment advisers in connection with the Division of Enforcement’s Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative. She also played a pivotal role in numerous emergency actions halting ongoing offering frauds and Ponzi-like schemes, such as the action against Integrated National Resources, Inc. dba WeedGenics and certain other defendants.

Prior to joining the SEC staff, Ms. Zoladz practiced securities and complex commercial litigation. She earned her bachelor's degree magna cum laude in international politics from Georgetown University and her law degree summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school, Ms. Zoladz clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.