Bruce E. Thompson, Jr., Executive Director

Bruce Thompson is a Washington veteran with more than three decades of experience working on public policy issues affecting the financial services industry in both the public and private sectors. During his career, he has been deeply involved in every significant policy debate involving the financial services industry. Mr. Thompson is a leading expert and consultant on financial services, tax policy, and international issues. He is the recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award for his services as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury..

He has held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors, including senior positions at Merrill Lynch, the Treasury Department, and the U.S. Senate. Most recently, he has run his own consulting firm providing strategic advice and intelligence on Washington policy developments.

Mr. Thompson was Managing Director and Senior Director of Global Government Relations at Merrill Lynch for 22 years. He represented the firm and guided strategy on all legislative and executive policy matters of interest to the firm and the financial services industry globally. He was involved in all legislation affecting the firm and the industry, including the creation of the Roth IRA, financial services reform, and the capital gains and dividend tax rate cuts. He was also responsible for keeping Merrill Lynch and its clients apprised of government policy developments worldwide. The Washington Post described him as the “dean of lobbyists for the financial services industry.”

Prior to Merrill Lynch, he was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Legislative Affairs. He was the Treasury Department’s representative to Congress on all legislative initiatives, and was instrumental in the passage of the Reagan tax cuts and the Tax Reform Act. Upon leaving Treasury, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the department’s highest honor, by Treasury Secretary Baker.

Prior to Treasury, Bruce worked in the U.S. Senate for seven years, serving as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. He was the Senator’s chief policy advisor on tax, financial, and economic policy issues.

Mr. Thompson graduated from Georgetown University in 1971 with a degree in finance. He and his wife Kathleen have a daughter and a son and live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.