Cynthia Hanawalt

Cynthia Hanawalt, Senior Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, is an experienced securities litigator whose work focuses on addressing climate risk and financial regulation. Her work with the Initiative for Climate Risk & Resilience Law supports ambitious, durable action on climate risk by federal and state financial regulators as well as the private sector.

Prior to joining the Sabin Center, Ms. Hanawalt served as Chief of the Investor Protection Bureau for the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where she led the team charged with enforcing the state’s securities laws. Under her leadership, the Bureau recovered over $850M on behalf of New York investors, and achieved groundbreaking results in electronic trading and cryptocurrency matters. Previously, Ms. Hanawalt was a Partner at the securities firm Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP.

Cynthia also serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee of Wave Hill. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and Duke University, where she received the William J. Griffith University Service Award.