BPI Hires Michael Wong as SVP, Government Affairs

Washington, D.C. — Senate staffer Michael Wong will join the Bank Policy Institute as a Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Michael brings over 10 years of legislative experience, most recently as Senior Advisor, Policy & Strategy to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ). He will start the position on April 8.

“We are excited for Michael to join the BPI team,” said BPI Executive Vice President and Head of Public Affairs Kate Childress. “He is a trusted staffer who will bring his Senate experience to bear on behalf of our members.”

“Michael’s extensive legislative policy experience will enable him to tackle complex policy issues important to our industry,” said Erik Rust, BPI’s incoming Head of Government Affairs. “We’re excited to bring him on board.”

“For the past 11 years, Michael has been an integral – and invaluable – member of my team. He is a trusted advisor, respected by both parties, who helped us protect marriage, rebuild our infrastructure, fuel economic growth, and keep our communities safe. I know he will bring the drive and commitment to finding solutions that made him successful on Capitol Hill to the Bank Policy Institute, and I wish him continued success in his new role,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Michael has served on Sen. Sinema’s staff for more than a decade in both the House and Senate, advising her when she was a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In 2019, he spearheaded Sinema’s successful effort to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States. In the last Congress, Michael helped negotiate key provisions of landmark laws, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Respect for Marriage Act. He holds a B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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