As the new executive director of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum in Washington, Susan Ferris Wyderko hopes to help independent fund directors do their job better and increase the not-for-profit organizations responsiveness to directors needs. This is her first job out of public service in more than two decades, although she believes her new role allows her to continue to indirectly serve the best interests of the investing public.

Wyderko is perhaps best known for her service at the Securities and Exchange Commission, having joined the top U.S. securities regulator in 1985 as a staff attorney. Most recently, Wyderko served as the director of the office of investor education and assistance from March 2000 through January of this year, when she was tapped to be the acting director of the division of investment management. She agreed to assume the temporary role previously held by Paul F. Roye from 1998 through 2005, when he left the SEC.

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