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Jamila Abston Mayfield

Partner, Business Consulting Practice
Ernst & Young (EY)

Jamila Abston Mayfield is a Partner in the EY Financial Services Business Consulting practice where she provides risk, compliance, and regulatory consulting services to key wealth and asset management, private equity, hedge fund, and banking and capital markets clients. She is also the EY Financial Inclusion Leader, and she and her team launched this inaugural service offering to assist financial services firms in developing strategies, products, and services that create access, equity, and inclusion opportunities for underserved communities.  In this role, Jamila spends ample time writing, speaking, and educating others on the importance of financial inclusion.  Notably, she was featured in the International Banker as author of the timely call-to-action article, “How the Financial Services Industry Can Support Financial Inclusion.”

Jamila rejoined EY from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where she served as the Assistant Regional Director for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. In this role, Jamila served as an expert advisor for the SEC Examinations program, specializing in compliance program effectiveness, risk analytics, enterprise risk management, and cybersecurity for the asset management industry. She led and participated in hundreds of SEC Examinations and Enforcement investigations of investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, transfer agents, alternative funds, and other industry participants.  Prior to the SEC, Jamila was a Manager in the EY Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services practice where she led restatements, investigations, and litigation support matters for healthcare, manufacturing, government, and technology clients.  

Jamila has a BA in Accounting from Florida A&M University, a MS in Accountancy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in Asset Management from Yale University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Jamila is a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).  She is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Public Accountants (NCACPA) and a former member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA).  Jamila holds CPA licenses in the states of Georgia (2009), New York (2018), and North Carolina (2022).

Jamila is on the leadership team of the EY Black Professional Network and the EY Anti-Racism Task Force focusing on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of minorities.  She is the former President of the NABA Atlanta Chapter where she began her participation by serving as the head of the NABA-IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for several years.  Jamila also serves on the Yale School of Management’s Council for Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE) and is on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider for domestic violence survivors.  

Jamila was recently appointed to the prestigious SEC Investor Advisory Committee – a group that advises the SEC Chairman and Commissioners on regulatory priorities, trading strategies, disclosures, and other initiatives to protect investor interests. Jamila has received numerous accolades, including the Crain’s Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting Award, the AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Division Standing Ovation Award, Yale Alumni Association Leadership Award, the SEC Community Service Award, and the NABA Presidential Leadership Award, among many others.

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