SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Announces JP Morgan Chase’s Jill Centella as Recipient of DE&I Advocate Award

Award will be presented at the C&L Annual Seminar in San Diego on March 14

Washington, DC, March 1, 2023 – SIFMA today announced Jill Centella, Global Head of Litigation, Government Investigations and Human Resources Legal, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.Jill Centella (JPMC), as the 2023 recipient of the SIFMA C&L Society’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Advocate Award.

“On behalf of SIFMA’s C&L Society, it is my pleasure to announce Jill Centella as this year’s recipient of the DE&I Advocate Award,” said Michelle Oroschakoff, president, SIFMA C&L Society. “Her dedication, passion, and hard work to push forward important DEI efforts within our industry is truly inspiring. We thank and applaud Jill for her many contributions to making the compliance and legal field more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.”

In 2018, Centella was at the forefront of JPMC’s powerful Leading with Diversity initiative, which mandates that at least 50% of all the firm’s litigation, regulatory, arbitration, and employment matters be led by diverse lawyers at law firms hired to represent the bank. This initiative ensures that diverse attorneys are not only given significant opportunities to lead complex, challenging, and sophisticated matters, but also receive proper recognition within their law firms, changing the power dynamics at law firms.

Within two years of its launch, 51% of JPMC’s litigation matters were overseen by a woman or someone with an ethnically diverse background. By taking the first step—and publicizing its intentions—JPMC has motivated other financial institutions to measure diversity in its outside counsel more rigorously, particularly with respect to diversity in leader roles, and to reward those firms that demonstrate by the numbers that the number of women and other diverse lawyers leading matters is indeed at the 50% threshold.

Within JPMC, Jill was instrumental in launching the Black Legal Forum to foster the sourcing, retention, and growth of Black employees in the legal department. She is also deeply involved with selecting the annual recipient of the JPMC Joan Guggenheimer Outside Counsel Diversity Champion Award, which recognizes a law firm that has demonstrated a commitment to promoting and maintaining a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Jill graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar. Prior to joining JPMC in 1997, Jill was an associate at Jones Day in Chicago and was a law clerk to the Honorable James F. Holderman in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

First awarded in 2022, the SIFMA C&L Society Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Advocate Award celebrates legal and compliance professionals who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to building creative solutions that address DE&I inequities in the financial services industry and ensures the next generation of leaders reflects our diverse society. It is presented annually by the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society at its C&L Annual Seminar.


About SIFMA’s C&L Society

SIFMA’s Compliance & Legal Society is the leading forum for compliance and legal professionals working in the financial services industry. With a rich 50-year history, it provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders and regulators to come together to share information and collaborate with the goal of ensuring our capital markets are the most fair, transparent and ethical in the world.


SIFMA is the leading trade association for broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers operating in the U.S. and global capital markets. On behalf of our industry’s one million employees, we advocate on legislation, regulation and business policy affecting retail and institutional investors, equity and fixed income markets and related products and services. We serve as an industry coordinating body to promote fair and orderly markets, informed regulatory compliance, and efficient market operations and resiliency. We also provide a forum for industry policy and professional development. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).