Dr. Emme Devonish

Emme Devonish

Lecturer, Online MLS in Corporate Compliance Program

Dr. Emme Devonish teaches corporate communications and is an experienced compliance professional with a background in law, financial services, and higher education. She is a lecturer in law for the Online MLS in Corporate Compliance.

Dr. Devonish is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) and a SHRM-certified professional. She began her career as an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Later she worked as a director in the compliance department at The Prudential Insurance Company of America and then as a vice president at Nomura IBJ Global Investment Advisors before joining the corporate department at Kelley Drye & Warren as a senior associate.

Her knowledge of securities law and regulatory compliance best practices led her to several high-level project-based roles, including as international legal counsel at Crédit Lyonnais Asset Management and finance counsel at the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations in Paris, France.

Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Devonish served as vice president and chief compliance officer at Transamerica Investment Management in Los Angeles. Thereafter, she resumed providing services as a consultant while also teaching undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Devonish is certified in Distance Education and has taught face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses in communication, English, and literature and film at various colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.


Ph.D., The University of Sydney

J.D./M.A., The American University

M.F.A., Carlow University

B.A., Syracuse University

Areas of Specialization

Corporate Governance, Business Law, Securities Regulation, and Higher Education Policies and Procedures (FERPA, Title IX, Title VII, NCAA, ADA, OSHA, HIPAA)

Affiliations and Honors

Admitted to the State Bar of New York

Member, SEC Staff Alumni

Member, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Member, Society for Human Resource Management

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