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May 5, 2023

Better Markets’ CEO Dennis Kelleher Named Among Most Influential People in DC By Washingtonian Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Anton Becker, Better Markets Communications Director, issued the following statement in connection with Washingtonian Magazine’s selection of Better Markets Co-Founder, President and CEO Dennis Kelleher, being named as one of the most Influential people shaping policy in Washington, DC:

“For the third year in a row, Washingtonian Magazine has identified Dennis Kelleher as among the handful of most influential people in Washington in the areas of banking and finance. As a leader of a nonprofit organization promoting the public interest, Dennis once again stands out among the many industry lobbyists and trade groups who spend tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars every year for access and influence.  His selection shows Better Markets’ impact as an advocate for Main Street families and as a counterweight to the financial industry in the Washington.

“Washingtonian notes that ‘At a time when cryptocurrency regulation is being considered, Kelleher has stepped into the debate’ as he was one the few early, persistent, and lonely critics of crypto, FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried, rejecting his $1 million bribe and fighting him from the CFTC to Congress.  Dennis was also early in sounding the alarm on the Fed’s monetary policies that created instability, and, with deregulation, contributed to the SVB failure.  He also led the fight for investors in the equity markets, elevating the voices of retail investors. Across all of Washington, Dennis has played a leading role in working with regulators and policymakers to prioritize  investor, consumer, and financial stability protections. We congratulate Dennis on this recognition and look forward to seeing how the Better Markets team under his leadership will make an even greater impact in 2023.”

When describing the selection process for this list, Washingtonian states, “We look for those who have deep subject-matter expertise and significant understanding of how the nation’s capital works, with the goal of getting action. We want people who understand the nuances and complexities of a particular issue area. And we focus on policy subjects we believe are of special relevance right now to our slate of elected officials.”



Better Markets is a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization founded in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to promote the public interest in the financial markets, support the financial reform of Wall Street and make our financial system work for all Americans again. Better Markets works with allies—including many in finance—to promote pro-market, pro-business and pro-growth policies that help build a stronger, safer financial system that protects and promotes Americans’ jobs, savings, retirements and more. To learn more, visit


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