Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Michael Ahern is currently Legislative Director for Representative Edward Royce (CA-40). In addition, Michael serves as the Congressman’s chief policy advisor on the Financial Services Committee; a role he has held since 2007. He also covers the House Combating Terror Finance Task Force, which Representative Royce co-chairs.
Michael was born and raised in Orange County, California. In June of 2005, Michael graduated from University of California, San Diego with a degree in Economics. Following his graduation, Michael took a job with Rep. Royce as a Legislative Correspondent.
Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture
Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Sara Decker joined Senator Marco Rubio’s staff in February 2011 as the Legislative Assistant handling all energy, environment, agriculture, and trade issues. Decker previously served as a legislative assistant to Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) where she handled all energy, environment, agriculture and transportation issues for the Congressman. She also served as the Congressman’s energy advisor for issues before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to that, Decker served as legislative aide on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee under Sen. Pete Domenici. She has both her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Tyler Frisbee is a legislative assistant for Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who represents Oregon’s 3rd district. She handles the Congressman’s agricultural issues, as well as transportation, environment and energy. Having spent her childhood in rural and urban Oregon, she majored in American Government and Human Geography at Dartmouth College before moving to DC to work in politics.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Margaret is currently Legislative Counsel for Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), where she covers judiciary and economic policy issues. Prior to joining the Senator’s office, Margaret worked in congressional relations for a financial services trade association and served on the legislative staff of Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in International Law from Michigan State University. She is a member of the New York Bar.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)
Ted McCann is a budget analyst for the Republican staff of the House Budget Committee. In this capacity, he is the lead analyst for income support programs, Social Security, pension policy and agriculture policy.
McCann holds a B.A. in economics from Miami (Ohio) University.
Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Travis Moore is a Legislative Assistant for Representative Henry Waxman (CA-30) advising the Congressman on the work of the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure and Foreign Affairs Committees. He has focused extensive work on ensuring access to affordable medicines in trade agreements and preserving the “Lautenberg Amendment,” a lifeline for religious minority groups fleeing persecution in Iran.
Prior to his time on the Hill, he worked for the United Nations Foundation on its UN advocacy and web communications agendas, and directing the organization’s election 2008 project On Day One. He has a Master’s in Contemporary European Politics from the University of Bath (UK)—having also completing coursework in Siena, Italy and Madrid, Spain—and a BS in Marketing from Miami University (OH). In addition, he helped manage Get Out the Vote efforts for Senator Tom Daschle’s 2004 reelection campaign in South Dakota. In his spare time he serves as Co-Director of the Washington DC Chapter of the New Leaders Council, a leadership training organization that guides an annual class of 20 progressive young professionals through a holistic series of trainings centered on political entrepreneurship. He spent the better part of the four years after undergrad traveling solo around the world and looks forward to putting the backpack on again someday soon.
Senate Committee on Banking
Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Deputy Chief of Staff
House Financial Services Committee
Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Warren Tryon is the Majority Deputy Staff Director on the House Financial Services Committee, working under Committee Chairman Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL). With his distinctive, outsized laugh, Tryon is hard to miss. Some friends even nicknamed him the mayor of Capitol Hill because everyone seemed to know him. Tryon, 43, who spent his childhood in Bangkok, comes from a family of staunch Democrats. But he says that meeting Ronald Reagan at a rally in Connecticut converted him. Tryon became president of the Republican chapter at the University of Vermont and says that his parents “were shocked when I came back and told them that my political stripes had changed.” He campaigned for Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush and landed a job with then-Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., as a staff assistant. He later worked as legislative assistant for then-Rep. Rick Hill, R-Mont., who served on the House Banking Committee, as it was called then. When Hill retired, Tryon signed on with Bachus in 2000, and became Bachus’ deputy chief of staff in 2003. Tryon says he was lucky to stick with Bachus as the lawmaker rose from Financial Institutions Subcommittee chairman to ranking member, to chairman of the full committee. “I was fortunate enough to have grown along the way with the issues and everything else. I have learned a lot from Spencer about understanding how members think,” Tryon says.
Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Beth Zorc has served as counsel to the Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Richard Shelby, since April 2011. In her current capacity she handles a variety of banking and financial services issues related to deposit and savings accounts, credit cards, mortgage lending, automotive finance, insurance, capital, liquidity, mobile payments, and cybersecurity. She also closely monitors the continued implementation of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Prior to working for the committee, Ms. Zorc was an associate for two years at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she focused on issues relating to financial privacy issues including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumer lending issues under the CARD Act, the Truth in Lending Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. She also negotiated a variety of servicing and portfolio purchase and sale transactions.
Ms. Zorc also worked as a summer law clerk for the Federal Reserve Board Division of Consumer and Community Affairs. Prior to working for the Federal Reserve, she was a law clerk for the law firm Hudson Cook, LLP. She also worked at the American Financial Services Association for 3 years.
Ms. Zorc attended the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tulane University.
European Parliament Staffers
MEP Wolf Klinz (Germany – ALDE)
Tilman Anger works as a policy adviser to Wolf Klinz, a Member of the European Parliament and former Chair of the Parliament’s Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. Tilman follows the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and focuses on economic governance issues as well as on the regulation of financial services. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics & Politics from the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK as well as an MA in Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
MEP Michel Dantin (France – EPP)
Denis Guillerme works as assistant and policy advisor to MEP Michel Dantin, who is Member of the French Delegation in the EPP group, EPP vice-coordinator on Agriculture, and rapporteur of the Parliament on the single CMO reform (Common Market Organisation – part of the Common Agricultural Policy reform). Denis began his career in the field of European Diplomacy and Defense. Prior to taking up his duties at the European Parliament, he worked for over three years at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as Desk Officer specialised in the CFSP (Common Foreign Security Policy) and the ESDP (European Security and Defence Policy), and then as Junior Advisor at the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Office, in charge of European Affairs and the co-ordination of the French Presidency of the EU. Denis holds a B.A in Political Science and a M.A in International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble (Sciences Po Grenoble – France).
Alejandro Olmos Marcitllach
Coordinator for Spanish S&D Delegation
Alejandro Olmos Marcitllach (Madrid, 1987) graduated in European Government and Politics by the University of Hull. Prior to that, he took undergraduate studies of Political Science and Public Administration at Madrid’s Complutense University. He is also completing a master’s degree on Security studies and criminology.
His main research focus is the decline of parliamentarism and the disaffection between citizens and institutions. On top of Spanish and English, he speaks French and German.
Although he first arrived to Brussels in 2009 to join the team of former leader of the Labour Party group in the European Parliament Gary Titley, Alejandro works in the European Parliament as the advisor on Economic and Monetary policy for the Spanish members of the Socialist and Democrats Group. His current portfolio also includes staffing Member Sánchez Presedo on the Parliamentary Delegation for the Relations with the US. Among the highlights of his work in the European Parliament, Alejandro has contributed to the negotiations leading to the establishment of the European Authorities of Financial Supervision and the so-called Mortgage Credit Directive.
In the past, he hosted and produced several radio talk shows for Spanish broadcasters and has worked for a number of media including the Press Association in England. He is a proud member of Amnesty International, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Young European Federalists and the Political Studies Association.
At the age of 19 he stood in 2007 for a seat in Madrid’s regional parliament on behalf of the Socialist Party. This year, he is supporting the Belgium Socialist Party running as a candidate to the local elections taking place in October.
Chief of Staff
MEP Kay Swinburne (UK – ECR)
Rhiannon has a degree from the University of Glasgow in Philosophy and Central and Eastern European Studies, including a year studying abroad in Boston College.
She has worked in the European Parliament for 5 years. Firstly for Nirj Deva, UK Conservative MEP, covering development and foreign affairs, and currently, for Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP and Coordinator for the ECR group on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Rhiannon predominantly follows financial markets regulation including MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive/Regulation), MAD (Market Abuse Regulation/Directive), CSD (Central Securities Depositories Regulation) and SLD (Securities Law Directive).
MEP Paolo de Castro (Italy – S&D); AGRI Chair
Antonella Rossetti is a political advisor in the European Parliament for the chairman of the committee on agriculture and rural development Paolo De Castro MEP. She deals with all the agricultural dossiers with a main focus on the next reform of Common Agricultural Policy. She advices the chairman in his work of coordination among political groups within the agriculture committee.
Antonella has a long experience in the European Parliament, she has a background in political communication and studied at the Università di Bologna, Università di Genova and Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Policy Advisor for EPP Group
Viktor Sata works as a policy advisor for the European People’s Party, the political group in the European Parliament of the European center-right political parties. Most recently he worked on the Special Committee for the Economic, Social and Financial Crisis and as such his work had a horizontal scope, covering many policy areas, with a focus on economic and finance issues.
Before working in the European Parliament, he worked as an advisor for the Deputy Prime-Minister of Romania.
He holds a degree from the American University in Bulgaria and has also Completed the George C. Marshall Center’s Programme of Advanced Security Studies in Germany.
MEP Marit Paulsen (Sweden – ALDE)
After studies for a degree in natural resource economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, including an exchange year at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, I have worked at the European Parliament in Brussels. I have now worked 2 years in the office of Marit Paulsen, Swedish MEP of the ALDE group and Vice-Chair of the Agriculture and rural development committee. The focus has been the reform of the common agricultural policy and keeping track of proposals and stakeholder positions. This work has been closely linked to discussions about the financing and content of the EU budget and the set of reforms expected in preparation for the 2014-2020 financial period.
Emma Soto Renou
Emma Soto is currently working for the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) Committee. In this capacity, Emma works closely with Members of the European Parliament on legislative and non-legislative reports relating to agriculture and rural development policy. Emma is also the Transatlantic Legislator’s Dialogue (TLD) officer for the Committee.
Prior to joining the European Parliament, Emma worked as a diplomatic attaché for the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels on agriculture and regional policy, and before that she worked for the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London.
Emma earned her Bachelor of Science at King’s College London and her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.
MEP Elisabeth Jeggle (Germany – EPP)
Johannes Weber is a Parliamentary Assistant for MEP Elisabeth Jeggle (Germany – EPP). During his Bachelor studies at the University of Passau (Bavaria, Germany), Johannes interned in the European Parliament in 2006. Having successfully achieved the Bachelor’s degree in European Studies in 2007, he completed his academic education at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (Ile-de-France, France). The Master studies in International Trade provided the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for a career in an international business or political environment. Since 2009, Johannes has been a Parliamentary Assistant for the German MEP Elisabeth Jeggle. Due to her committee’s membership, Johannes is engaged in agricultural, foreign affairs and human rights issues. Furthermore, he follows closely the relation between the European Parliament and Canada as well as Central Asia. He is looking forward to participating in the CEPI program both in a private and a professional dimension.
Legal Researcher/Parliamentary Assistant
MEP Sven Giegold (Germany – Green)
Johannes is currently political advisor for MEP Sven Giegold, Coordinator for Greens/EFA in the Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs. Johannes is following the ECON Committee and he is responsible for all matters related to supervision of financial markets and investor protection. Johannes was involved in the creation of the European System of Financial Supervision and the European Financial Supervisory Authorities. Johannes has a background in law and he is working part time on his PhD in the area of competition law. Prior to his position in the EP Johannes worked at Humboldt University Berlin where he helped to establish the research center for financial services.