WASHINGTON, D.C.—Steve Harris, former staff director at the Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee, has joined APCO Worldwide as senior vice president and special counsel. Harris will provide APCO clients with counsel in the areas of corporate governance, crisis management, financial transactions, export and trade promotion, government oversight and investigations, and housing and urban affairs and will work with financial communication experts based in New York, London and Hong Kong.
During his tenure at the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Harris served as majority and Democratic staff director and chief counsel to the full committee, as well as staff director and chief counsel to the securities subcommittee. He worked with Sen. Paul Sarbanes during consideration and passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and was a primary engineer of the reform legislation that dramatically changed the U.S. securities, accounting and corporate governance landscape.
During more than two decades working in Congress, Harris was deeply involved in all aspects of the committee’s legislative process where he dealt extensively with all sectors of the financial services industry. Prior to his service on the committee, Harris served as counsel to the late former Cong. Barbara Jordan (D-Tex.) and was a representative to President Carter’s National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures.