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January 7, 2015

Better Markets Brings on Veteran Senate Staffer as External Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C., January 05, 2015  – Dennis Kelleher, President and CEO of Better Markets, issued the following statement today on the hiring of Mr. Zachary Schechter-Steinberg, previously a senior staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions:

“I am pleased to welcome Zach to Better Markets.  He brings over six years of Senate experience to Better Markets, including serving as a senior staffer on the HELP Committee.  Zach was also Senator Harkin’s lead staff member during the formulation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, including during the House-Senate Conference Committee. Zach’s deep knowledge of Congress and the legislative process makes him ideal to help in our fight for economic stability and security by strengthening our financial system and supporting the jobs, savings, and homes that Americans work tirelessly to have and depend upon,” said Dennis Kelleher, President and CEO of Better Markets, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes the public interest in the financial markets.  

“As part of the Better Markets team, Zach will create new and grow existing relationships with business, legislative, executive, political and civic allies. He will broaden the influence of Better Markets and increase the effectiveness of all stakeholders in helping to create secure, reliable and just financial markets that support jobs, economic growth and rising living standards for America’s families,” Mr. Kelleher said.    

Prior to joining Better Markets, Mr. Schechter-Steinberg served as the Senior Economic Advisor on the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions under the leadership of Tom Harkin, the just-retired Chairperson.  In this capacity, he served as the Committee’s lead staff member on a number of labor and economic policy issues.  He also provided counsel to Chairman Harkin on banking, housing, tax, and trade issues during his tenure on the Committee.  Prior to serving on the Committee, he was a Legislative Assistant for Senator Harkin.  Mr. Schechter-Steinberg holds a BA from Wesleyan University.  

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Better Markets is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes the public interest in financial reform in the domestic and global capital and commodity markets. Better Markets advocates for transparency, oversight and accountability with the goal of a stronger, safer financial system that is less prone to crisis and failure thereby eliminating or minimizing the need for more taxpayer funded bailouts. To learn more, visit www.bettermarkets.com.

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