The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has made some key additions to its senior management, hiring Amy Schabacker Dufrane as its chief administrative and human resources officer and promoting Al Morisato as its chief information officer.

Separately, since the end of last year, the board has employed Frank Shafroth as a part-time consultant. Previously the chief of staff for Rep. James Moran, D-Va., Shafroth is working as the board’s eyes and ears for muni market-related issues and legislation pending on Capitol Hill.

He earlier worked as intergovernmental affairs director for Arlington County, Va., director of state and federal relations at the National Governors Association, and director of policy and federal relations for the National League of Cities.

Schabacker Dufrane, who will oversee the MSRB’s staff of about 75, comes to the board from the Optical Society of America, a scientific society dedicated to advancing the study of light, where she was a senior director.

She has many years of senior executive experience, with a background in finance and budgeting, information technology issues, and strategic planning, said MSRB executive director Lynnette Hotchkiss.

Morisato was previously senior director of information technology. In addition to his IT skills, he has experience in budgeting, finance, risk management, and business continuity, which Hotchkiss said is especially useful as the board continues to develop its Electronic Municipal Market Access, or EMMA, site.

As chief information officer, Morisato will continue to report to Janet Eakes, the board’s chief operating officer. He succeeds Thomas Hutton, who left the board in Sept. 2008.

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