Director, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance


Todd Phillips is the director of financial regulation and corporate governance at American Progress. He has worked on issues as diverse as consumer financial protection, derivatives and securities market structure, bank capital and prudential regulation, and the laws governing agency rulemaking and adjudication. Phillips has experience in both Congress and the executive branch, having served as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the Oversight and Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Phillips’ writing has been published by The American Prospect, the Yale Journal on Regulation, and the Administrative Law Review, among others. Phillips holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in economics and political science from Arizona State University.


A Climate and Competition Agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Report
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A Climate and Competition Agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission must ensure that derivatives markets facilitate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy; are capable of withstanding climate risks; and are competitive, transparent, and safe for all market participants under the commission’s jurisdiction.

Todd Phillips

The SEC’s Regulatory Role in the Digital Asset Markets Report
A technician inspects the backside of bitcoin mining at Bitfarms in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, on March 19, 2018. (Getty/AFP/Lars Hagberg)

The SEC’s Regulatory Role in the Digital Asset Markets

As the markets for digital assets such as cryptocurrencies grow, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other financial regulators must impose sensible regulations on digital assets to protect traders and investors.

Todd Phillips

The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries Article
Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) speaks at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, Tuesday, June 27, 2006, in Boston. Even though Democrat Jay Nixon became Missouri's governor in 2008, conservatives still worked to change the state's judicial nominating procedures. More of these efforts are underway this year. (AP/Julie Malakie)

The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries

Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky summarize the history behind legislative pushes that would enable governors to replace competent state judges, a power that would, in practice, result in more conservative replacements in states across the country.

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