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Donna L. Bartlett

Donna L. Bartlett

Donna Bartlett is a Bates Group consultant based in San Diego County, California. As a seasoned compliance and risk management professional with extensive and diverse securities experience, from investment banking to traditional broker-dealer services, she is a capable resource to provide practical and proactive broker-dealer compliance and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) consulting services , including drafting and advising on policies and procedures, performing internal and supervisory control audits, advising on arbitration/litigation matters and training services, among others.

During the span of her 30+-year career in the securities industry, Ms. Bartlett has predominantly held the position of Chief Compliance Officer where she was responsible for the oversight and management of the firms’ compliance programs, to include maintenance of its written supervisory procedures, participation in numerous internal (i.e., annual supervisory control and financial) and regulatory audits, conducted branch office inspections, investigated and provided responses to hundreds of customer complaints, including sales practice allegations, facilitated and responded to regulatory inquiries and audit findings.

Most notably, for a period of over 20 years, Ms. Bartlett served as Chief Compliance Officer for First Allied Securities, a retail full-service dually registered broker-dealer with over 1000 associated persons, where she managed all aspects of the firm’s brokerage compliance program.  Her oversight responsibilities at First Allied included, but were not limited to, the review of outside business activity analyses, private securities transactions, and Form U4 disclosure and Form U5 filings; the development, execution and ongoing maintenance of the BD policies and procedures; and administration of all aspects of the annual firm element continuing education program and annual compliance meetings.  She most recently served as the CCO for FinTech, investment banking/private equity firms where she assisted the firms with the implementation of and/or key enhancements to their compliance programs, proprietary technology and/or investment platform.   

Additionally, Ms. Bartlett has an in-depth knowledge of AML-related matters. She previously held the role of AML Compliance Officer at numerous firms where she was responsible for the ongoing effectiveness of the firm’s AML Compliance program, including CIP, OFAC, Client Due Diligence regulation, AML training and filing of SARs reports.
Ms. Bartlett possesses a B.S. in Business Management and holds the following securities licenses: General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7); General Securities Principal (Series 24); Municipal Securities Principal (Series 53); Registered Options Principal (Series 4); Uniform State Law Examination (Series 63); Investment Banking Representative (Series 79) and Uniform Investment Adviser State Law Examination (Series 65).  Her committee work includes active membership in FINRA’s Continuing Education Content Committee and two terms serving on the FINRA District 2 Committee.

Donna is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



Bates Group LLC, Consulting Expert, Oswego, OR, 2019 – Present
Justly Markets LLC, Chief Compliance Officer/AML Officer, New York, NY, 2022
Finalis Securities LLC, Corte Madera, CA, 2020 – 2021; Chief Compliance Officer/AML Officer, 2020 – 2021; Supervisor/Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction, 2020 – 2021; Consultant/Registered Principal/AML Compliance Officer, 2020
First Allied Securities, Inc., San Diego, CA, 1996 – 2018; Chief Compliance Officer, 1996 – 2018; AML Compliance Officer, 2001 – 2006; Assistant Vice President, Compliance, 1994 - 1996
Western Securities Clearing Corp., Chief Compliance and AML Officer/ Compliance Registered Options Principal, San Diego, CA, 1998 - 2005
First Affiliated Securities, Inc., Assistant Vice President-Compliance/Director of Due Diligence, San Diego, CA, 1990 - 1994


Bachelor of Science (BS), Business Management, University of Phoenix, San Diego, CA


General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7)
General Securities Principal (Series 24)
Municipal Securities Principal (Series 53)
Registered Options Principal (Series 4)
Uniform State Law Examination (Series 63)
Uniform Investment Adviser State Law Examination (Series 65)
Investment Banking Representative (Series 79)


  • FINRA’s Continuing Education Content Committee, 2001 to present
  • FINRA District 2 Committee, 2008 to 2011
  • NASD District 2 Committee, 2003
  • National Association of Independent Broker-Dealers (formerly known as the California Association of Independent Broker-Dealers), Director/Executive VP, 1999
  • International Association of Financial Planners (IAFP)/Financial Plan Association. (FPA)-Compliance Advisory Council, 1996-2002, Vice Chair, 1998; Chair, 1999; 1998 IAFP Broker/Dealer Conference Task Force- Compliance Track
  • National Society of Compliance Professionals Member