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Dennis Kelleher
Co-Founder, President and CEO

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Mr. Kelleher is Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Better Markets. Mr. Kelleher co-founded Better Markets, along with Chair Mike Masters, in 2010 after many years of experience in the public, private, political, charitable and non-profit sectors.

At Better Markets, Mr. Kelleher’s leadership requires operating in the legislative, executive and judicial branches simultaneously while developing and driving communications strategies to support those policy efforts. He has been quoted more than 3,000 times, done more than 140 live TV appearances, participated in more than 225 rulemakings and 25 legal cases, and testified more than 10 times.

Mr. Kelleher served as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition team and, from September 2020 through January 2021, was on the Federal Reserve, Banking and Securities Agency Review Team and worked with the Treasury Department and Department of Justice teams.

In March 2021, Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of "Washington's most influential people" in banking and finance, saying he was one of the “experts and advocates outside of government who’ll be shaping the policy debates for years to come.”

Less than two years after Better Markets was founded, the New York Times profiled Mr. Kelleher in “Facing Down the Bankers," referring to him as “one of the most powerful lobbyists on financial reform.” He has also been featured in the award-winning Frontline documentary “Money, Power and Wall Street,” on PBS's “Braking the Banks,” and in Steven Brill's best-selling book "Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall—and Those Fighting to Reverse It."

Mr. Kelleher is an internationally sought expert on financial reform, financial markets, economics, regulation, legal issues, and their intersection with political matters. In addition to testifying in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he also speaks frequently in the U.S. and Europe on these matters at conferences, seminars and symposiums as well as on all media platforms. From 20-second soundbites to hour-long discussions, he appears on the network news shows and is a regular guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, NPR, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, C-SPAN and Fox Business News. In addition, he is often quoted in the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, Die Zeit, Le Monde, The Guardian, and many other domestic and international print and online publications.

Prior to Better Markets, Mr. Kelleher worked for almost eight years in senior staff positions in the United States Senate, including as General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director on the Labor and Human Resources Committee (now known as the HELP Committee) and as Legislative Director and Leadership Advisor to a senior Senator who was also Secretary to the Democratic Caucus. He concluded his service in the Senate as Chief Counsel and Senior Leadership Advisor to the Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, a member of Senate leadership.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Kelleher was a partner with the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where he had an extensive and broad-ranging U.S. and European practice specializing in crisis management and complex corporate matters that focused on governance, securities and financial markets.

Mr. Kelleher served four years of active duty enlisted service in the Air Force as a crash/rescue firefighter/medic, which preceded his graduation with highest honors from Brandeis University and with honors from Harvard Law School.

Stephen W. Hall
Legal Director and Securities Specialist

Mr. Hall has been with Better Markets since its founding more than 10 years ago, and he serves as its Legal Director and Securities Specialist. His background includes extensive experience in securities and commodities regulation acquired through positions in the Federal government, private practice, and the nonprofit sector.

Mr. Hall oversees a highly accomplished legal team that files amicus briefs in important cases involving financial regulation; initiates litigation or intervenes in cases when necessary to advance the public interest; issues special reports on specific topics surrounding the law and financial regulation; and provides regulatory analysis in the areas of banking, securities, and consumer protection. And his team supports the work of other staff members at Better Markets as they fight for the public interest before the regulatory agencies. 

Mr. Hall is one of Better Markets’ most prolific authors, having written or co-written more than 100 comment letters, reports and legal briefs in his nearly decade-long fight for the public interest at the organization.

A sought-after expert for his legal and regulatory expertise, Mr. Hall has testified before Congress and currently serves on the Commission on Sanctions and Fitness of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Prior to joining Better Markets in early 2011, Mr. Hall served as Senior Counsel to the Committee on Financial Services of the U.S. House of Representatives. During the Conference leading to passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Mr. Hall worked on the titles dealing with securities and derivatives. He also handled other legislative initiatives relating to securities, including corporate governance, limited offering exemptions, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Securities Investor Protection Act. 

From 2001 through 2009, Mr. Hall served as counsel to the North American Securities Administrators Association Inc. (NASAA), the association of state securities regulators. He supported all aspects of NASAA’s mission, including regulatory analysis, appellate advocacy, and enforcement. His written work included over 15 amicus briefs addressing a wide range of investor protection issues arising under State and Federal securities law, including four briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. He also advised NASAA on corporate governance and transactional matters.

Mr. Hall began his legal career at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he became Senior Trial Attorney and Associate Director of Enforcement. At the CFTC, he specialized in bringing injunctive actions in federal court against fraudulent commodity sales operations. And for almost a decade in private practice, he handled a wide range of civil litigation matters as well as transactional work in commercial real estate.

Mr. Hall is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he received his law degree from Georgetown University.

Natalie Shotts
Director of Administration and Human Resources

Natalie Shotts is the Director of Administration and Human Resources. As the Director of Administration and Human Resources, Ms. Shotts ensures the daily operations of Better Markets run smoothly and effectively. With more than 15 years in executive administrative and office management positions, she maintains office needs, accounting and manages all human resources functions to support Better Markets’ high-performing team and culture.

Prior to joining Better Markets, Ms. Shotts was the office manager at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma by funding high-quality research projects. She was responsible for recruiting, accounts payable and overseeing the research grant program.

Ms. Shotts received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bloomsburg University where she studied art history and art studio.

Doug Walker
Director of Communications

Doug Walker is the Director of Communications at Better Markets where he oversees the organization’s day-to-day and long-term media operations.  He is responsible for developing and implementing a creative, proactive and comprehensive communications strategy across all platforms to engage and inform the public on economic, financial and financial reform issues, as well as deepening and broadening Better Markets’ reach to media, policy makers, opinion leaders, and other influencers.

Mr. Walker brings 20 years of experience managing advocacy communications and as a communications executive in the public sector, leading communications operations at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Social Security Administration, and a bureau of the Department of Labor.  He has also led marketing communications in the Higher Education and in NGO spaces.

Mr. Walker recently completed the MBA program at Washington Adventist University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Howard University.  He also completed the Program for Senior Executive Fellows at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Maryan Abdelmesih
Director of Development

Maryan Abdelmesih is the Director of Development at Better Markets, where she is responsible for designing, implementing and managing all Better Markets’ fundraising activities which allows Better Markets’ to achieve its mission and maximize its impact. She brings with her more than six years of fundraising experience.

Most recently, Ms. Abdelmesih served as the Director of Development at UNRWA USA, a nonprofit that supports the humanitarian and human development work of UNRWA through fundraising, education, and advocacy. Prior to that, she worked at Global Witness, a non-profit organization that focuses on the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict, poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses worldwide; and the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans by driving principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.

Ms. Abdelmesih graduated in 2012 from Pepperdine University, earning a Masters in Public Policy with a double concentration in economics and international relations, and received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside, where she studied Political Science and Religious Studies.  

Ed Silverman
Senior Fellow

Ed Silverman is a Senior Fellow at Better Markets where he provides strategic input into all aspects of Better Markets' advocacy on banking, economics, finance, securities and associated matters. He also works on projects related to rebalancing finance to support the real economy, jobs and growth.

Between 2009-2011, Mr. Silverman was the majority Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during the consideration, passage and enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  He had previously served under Senator Dodd as his Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, and Banking Counsel.  He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

After passage of Dodd-Frank, Mr. Silverman worked as Senior Vice President and Head of Government Relations for TD Bank where he was responsible for formulating and executing strategy on both the state and national levels concerning U.S. Government Relations.  In that role, he provided expert guidance and counsel to business leaders with respect to government affairs, including the development and execution of strategies and tactics to achieve business objectives.  Prior to being appointed Staff Director, he worked for RBS Americas as Head of Public Policy, and as Managing Director and Head of Public Policy for Greenwich Capital.

Mr. Silverman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs at George Washington University.

Tim P. Clark
Distinguished Senior Banking Adviser

Tim Clark was Deputy Director of the Division of Supervision and Regulation for the Federal Reserve Board until he retired in late 2017.  He joined the Federal Reserve in 1995 as a bank examiner in New York and moved up the ranks there until 2008 when he was recruited to join the staff of the Board of Governors in Washington.  He was the chief architect of the Federal Reserves’ capital stress tests and liquidity stress tests.  Mr. Clark also was Chairman of the Operating Committee of the Federal Reserves’ Large Institution Supervision Coordinating Committee (LISCC), which was created after the crash to coordinate oversight of the biggest, riskiest banks.  As such, he was a crucial voice on virtually all decisions regarding bank oversight, particularly regarding the to-big-to-fail banks and global systemically important banks. Tim was also the Federal Reserves’ key contact with the senior executives at the largest banks.  

Mr. Clark graduated from Columbia University, earning a Masters of International Affairs and received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York where he studied Political Science and Economics.  

Phillip Basil
Director of Banking Policy

Phillip Basil is Director of Banking Policy for Better Markets where he covers all aspects of the banking sector. Specifically, he works on economic and financial matters that are crucial to Main Street families, workers, investors, consumers and community banks, and that support financial and banking reforms to prevent crashes and bailouts. 

Mr. Basil has more than 15 years of experience in both the public and private financial sectors, primarily focused on the trading and investment portfolios of large and complex banks.  

Prior to joining Better Markets, Mr. Basil served as Executive Director within Model Risk for JP Morgan Chase where he managed a team that reviewed and identified risks within estimation methodologies related to income statement items, balance sheet items and risk metrics.  

Most of his career has been with the Federal Reserve Board, starting in the Division of Research and statistics (R&S) and moving to the Division of Supervision and Regulation (S&R). During his time in S&R, he was responsible for developing and executing aspects of the supervisory stress test as well as portfolio-specific risk analytics and reports for the largest, most complex banking institutions. His time in R&S primarily involved working to develop a framework to assess the systemic impact and risks of mergers and acquisitions within the banking industry. 

Mr. Basil holds a master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University. 

Joseph Cisewski
Senior Derivatives Consultant and Special Counsel

Joseph Cisewski is Senior Derivatives Consultant and Special Counsel to Better Markets, focused primarily on regulatory actions having the potential to affect the derivatives and commodities markets.  He is an authority more broadly on the regulation of securities, derivatives, commodities, and other financial markets, having held several senior positions with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), financial technology companies, and global financial institutions.

Prior to joining Better Markets, Mr. Cisewski was the Global Head of U.S. Securities and Derivatives Advisory within the global banking and markets division of HSBC Bank plc, managing a team of attorneys and other professionals focused on the firm’s interpretations of U.S. law and compliance and controls frameworks.  He also served as a member of a global derivatives advisory and compliance team at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where he focused on regulatory change initiatives to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”). 

Mr. Cisewski previously served in a number of roles at the CFTC, including as the agency’s Co-Chief of Staff and Co-Chief Operating Officer and separately, as Senior Special Counsel to CFTC Commissioner Mark P. Wetjen during the agency’s implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.  During his time in the Office of the Chairman, Mr. Cisewski also served as the CFTC’s chief deputy to the Financial Stability Oversight Council.  Prior to Commissioner Wetjen’s confirmation, Mr. Cisewski served as the CFTC’s deputy lead counsel for Dodd-Frank rulemakings in the Division of Market Oversight, working with the director and then-Chairman Gary Gensler on final regulations to implement reforms to the derivatives market structure. 

Mr. Cisewski later served as a supervisory attorney and branch chief in the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, where he managed a team of SEC lawyers focused on the supervision of systemically important clearinghouses.  He began his career as professional staff in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Division of Financial Markets and Community Investment, focused on consumer protection issues and oversight of the Term Asset-backed Securities Loan Facility and other programs implemented as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. 

Mr. Cisewski attended the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a director of the Georgetown Securities and Financial Law Forum, and graduated from Marquette University Law School.  He previously attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where he received his Master of Arts in Economics and his Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Economics and History.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Jason Grimes
Senior Counsel

Jason Grimes is Senior Counsel for Better Markets where he contributes to all facets of Better Markets’ legal activities, including research, analysis, and the drafting of amicus briefs, reports, and pleadings that address important topics in financial regulation and reform.

Mr. Grimes comes to Better Markets from the law firm of Covington & Burling where he was an Associate, working on compliance issues related to financial regulation, including derivatives and consumer protection laws and prudential regulations.  He also assisted financial institutions with inquiries and investigations by the CFTC, CFPB, and other banking regulators.  Prior to Covington, Mr. Grimes clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus in the District of Maryland. 

Benoit Lallemand
Senior Advisor for European Affairs

Mr. Lallemand identifies existing or emerging issues and matters within Europe that overlap with or relate to U.S. regulatory matters. Mr. Lallemand is an expert in market infrastructure, asset servicing and data reporting. He has ten years' experience in the clearing and settlement industry, most recently as senior internal consultant at Euroclear. He has also roots in the NGO world as a founding-member of ATTAC-Bruxelles.

Jeremy Bratt
Director of External Affairs

Jeremy Bratt is the Director of External Affairs at Better Markets, where he works to strengthen relationships with allies in the non-profit and business sectors, and to promote the work of Better Markets before Congress and regulatory agencies. 

Mr. Bratt has extensive background in public policy and government relations, with more than 15 years of experience in Congress and the Executive Branch. Before joining Better Markets, Mr. Bratt was a political appointee at the Department of the Interior, where he served as the Deputy Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, he worked in the United States Senate, where he served as the Legislative Director for Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota.  Mr. Bratt also worked in a senior staff position on the House Agriculture Committee, which has oversight over the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and its regulation of the derivatives market. 

Mr. Bratt holds a BA from Augustana College.

Michael Hughes
Research and Program Assistant

Michael Hughes is the Research and Program Assistant at Better Markets.  As the Research and Program Assistant, Mr. Hughes facilitates research projects, coordinates with the Programming and Press teams on organizing and compiling data for publications, and contributes to Better Markets reports.

Prior to joining at Better Markets, Mr. Hughes studied at The University of Edinburgh where he worked on Econometric analysis of topics ranging from financial returns of education to the effects of immigration on perceptions of foreign nationals.

Mr. Hughes received his Master of Arts with Honours from University of Edinburgh, where he majored in Economics.

Thomas Ferguson
Senior Fellow

Thomas Ferguson currently serves as Director of Research Projects at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.  He has authored or coauthored several books and his articles have appeared in many scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Economic History.

Past Employees of Better Markets

Riker Vermilye

Riker Vermilye was the Congressional Relations Manager at Better Markets, where he helped communicate multiple viewpoints on a variety of complex issues to different stakeholders, including the Congressional and Executive Branches, advocacy and policy groups, and industry representatives. He left Better Markets to join the Peace Corps, where he is due to be stationed in Madagascar. Prior to joining Better Markets, Mr. Vermilye was the legislative assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs. While there, he provided research, analysis and support to senior staff in various areas including securities and market structure issues and rules; FSOC asset manager designations and capital formation issues; sanctions, terror financing and remittance issues; and coin and currency issues.

Caitlin Kline

Caitlin Kline was the Derivatives Specialist at Better Markets, Inc., specializing in derivatives, commodities and market structure. She left Better Markets to join the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to joining Better Markets, Ms. Kline dedicated her time to financial regulatory reform, including drafting comment letters in response to proposed rulemakings by the SEC, the CFTC and banking regulators. From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Kline worked for Credit Suisse where she was a flow and structured credit derivatives trader in the Emerging Markets Group. In 2004 and 2005, prior to her work on the trading desk, Ms. Kline was an analyst with Credit Suisse's Fixed Income Index and Analytics group.

Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips was the Attorney at Better Markets. Currently he is Counsel and Policy Advisor to Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to joining Better Markets, Mr. Phillips worked at the Office of Financial Research within the Department of Treasury, where he served as the Program Assistant. During his time there, Mr. Phillips provided legal research for the Chief of Counsel on issues regarding the implementation of the Global Legal Entity Identifier system as well as other legal research. In the past two years, Mr. Philips also served as a law clerk at the Office of the General Counsel within the Antitrust Division at Department of Justice in addition to the Office of Senator Carl Levin and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. His tasks ranged from conducting research and writing memos on certain issues to assisting in witness interviews and expert briefings. Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College. He received his law degree from University of Michigan Law School.

Jesse Medalia Strauss

Mr. Strauss was the Digital Communications Associate at Better Markets. Currently he is a freelance video producer/editor in Washington, DC. Mr. Strauss grew up in New York City where he developed a passion for filmmaking, digital media, storytelling, and advocacy. Among other things, during his undergraduate years, he directed and edited a feature length documentary on income inequality called ‘Our Shining City. Mr. Strauss is a graduate of American University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts and his master’s degree in Political Communication.

Katelynn Bradley

Katelynn Bradley was the Attorney at Better Markets, Inc. She currently works as Senior Counsel for the House Committee on Financial Services for Ranking Member Maxine Waters. Before joining Better Markets, Ms. Bradley worked for a Washington, D.C. law firm where she supported a securities litigation practice.  During law school, she completed a full-year externship at the Division of Trading and Markets of the SEC, assisting with the rulemaking process under Titles VII and VIII of the Dodd-Frank Act. She also served as an extern to the Office of the Attorney General for the State of North Carolina, representing state agencies such as the Commissioner of Banks. Ms. Bradley graduated from the University of North Carolina and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Marc Jarsulic

Marc Jarsulic was the Chief Economist at Better Markets, Inc. He is currently the Vice President for Economic Policy at Center for American Progress. He has extensive experience in economic policy research and market regulation. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Jarsulic was Chief Economist for the Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs. During that time, he played a key role in drafting the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He also served as Deputy Staff Director and Chief Economist for the Democratic staff of the congressional Joint Economic Committee during 2007-2009, where he led a team that undertook one of the first studies of the subprime mortgage crisis prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Between 1998 and 2007, Dr. Jarsulic practiced law, serving as senior risk advisor in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Risk Assessment and practiced antitrust law at the Federal Trade Commission. Until 1998, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame.  He has a Ph.D. in Economics (Pennsylvania) and a J.D. (Michigan).  Dr. Jarsulic’s publications include Anatomy of a Financial Crisis: A Real Estate Bubble, Runaway Credit Markets, and Regulatory Failure (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

David Frenk

David Frenk was the Research Director at Better Markets, Inc.  He now works as a Consultant. Mr. Frenk has significant experience in financial markets, and has had extensive training in statistical analysis and other formal mathematical techniques. Since 2009, Mr. Frenk has coordinated research into the study of how the commodity markets and capital markets function. He has met with representatives of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and U.K. Financial Services Authority (FSA), as well as members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives to discuss these topics. He has lectured in the United States and his native United Kingdom on market structure and function and on regulatory frameworks. Mr. Frenk has co-authored, with Michael W. Masters, two papers,Anthropic Finance: How Markets Function,and Balanced Markets: The Social Role of Markets. He wrote The Price of Speculation, an article that was featured in the June 2010 issue of Oil & Energy Magazine, and was the lead author of the widely cited Review of Irwin and Sanders OECD Reports 2010. Prior to joining Better Markets, Mr. Frenk worked in both the private and public sectors on a range of business and policy issues. He was a consultant to the Rwandan government on economic strategy and policy. He also worked at OECD’s Center for Education Research and Innovation as a consultant on education policy across Europe.  In addition, Mr. Frenk was a full-time researcher at Masters Capital Research, coordinating theoretical and empirical analyses of markets and trading strategies. Mr. Frenk studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University before completing his graduate studies in Philosophy at New York University.  At both institutions, he was the recipient of numerous academic awards and scholarships.

Wallace C. Turbeville

Wallace C. Turbeville was the Derivatives Specialist at Better Markets, Inc., specializing in derivatives and market structures.  He was a Senior Fellow at Demos, a national non-partisan think tank. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1974) and Vanderbilt Law School (J.D., 1977). Upon receiving his law degree, he practiced law in the finance field for seven years at Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae. Mr. Turbeville joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1985 as a Vice President in the Public Finance Department.  In 1990, he became Co-Head of the European Structured Finance Group in London, focusing primarily on energy and transportation. He returned to New York in 1995 as a senior member of the Infrastructure Group, a joint venture between the Investment Banking and Fixed Income Divisions.

In 1997, Mr. Turbeville founded the Kensington Group as its Managing Partner. The firm focused on financial advisory services and private equity investment in domestic and international energy, environmental and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Turbeville became Chief Executive Officer of VMAC LLC in late 2002. He led the development of an innovative business model for the post-trade management of credit exposures in over-the-counter derivatives transactions, adapting many of the characteristics of traditional clearing for initial application in the OTC energy markets. Mr. Turbeville left VMAC in late 2009 to devote his efforts to financial reform, energy and environmental policy issues. Prior to joining Better Markets in October 2010, he published nearly 30 articles concerning financial reform, energy, the environment and political opinion.

Richard Maurano

Richard Maurano was the External Affairs Specialist at Better Markets, Inc. He is now retired. Mr. Maurano has 30 years of executive leadership experience as a senior level staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services with an instrumental role in the development of housing and financial policy throughout this period. From 2008 to 2010, he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as the Director of Legislative Affairs, Committee on Financial Services. During this time, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act. From 1999 through 2007, Mr. Maurano worked for the Fannie Mae Corporation as a Director in the Government and Industry Relations department, where he was able to develop and nurture professional relationships with members of Congress and staff of relevant legislative committees. From 1975 through 1989, Mr. Maurano served in various positions within the U.S. House of Representatives.  In 1989, he became the Deputy Democratic Staff Director for the Committee on Banking and Financial Services for the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Maurano is a graduate of Providence College and earned his Master’s degree from Rhode Island College.

Vanessa Vaquerano

Vanessa Vaquerano was the Staff Assistant at Better Markets, Inc. She currently works at a law firm as a Legal Administrative Assistant. Before coming to Better Markets, Inc., Ms. Vaquerano was the Temporary Editor Assistant at the Pan American Health Organization.  While there, her main tasks included the editing and formatting of documents for web publication and official use during meetings. Ms. Vaquerano is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.  Ms. Vaquerano received her degree in Political Science, with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration.

Thomas Chen

Thomas Chen was the Research and Program Assistant at Better Markets, where he helped facilitate research projects, coordinate with the Programming and Press teams on organizing and compiling data for publications, and contribute to Better Markets reports. Prior to joining at Better Markets, Mr. Chen interned at Cornell University Federal Relations, where he worked on advocacy on higher education and labor policy and assisted in providing research and analysis of Congressional hearings and coalition meetings. Mr. Chen received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, where he majored in Government.