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Shahira Knight to Lead Public Affairs Efforts for New Banking Trade Association

Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of National Economic Council to Leave White House to Help Establish Large Bank Trade


Sean Oblack


Washington, DC – Today, the Clearing House Association announced that Shahira Knight will be joining the trade association being formed through its upcoming merger with the Financial Services Roundtable.  In her new role, Ms. Knight will serve as Executive Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, overseeing government affairs, public affairs, and member engagement.  She will report to Greg Baer, who is currently President of the Clearing House Association and will become Chief Executive Officer of the new organization.


“We are delighted that Shahira has chosen to join our new venture, as she is not only a brilliant legislative strategist but also someone with considerable knowledge of financial services issues,” said Baer.  “She will fit perfectly with an organization dedicated to taking first-rate research and analysis and ensuring it has a policy impact.”  


Brian Moynihan, chairman of the Financial Services Roundtable and CEO of Bank of America, stated, “Shahira brings her record of leadership in creating pro-growth economic policies to our organization. With Greg and the rest of his team, she exemplifies the top talent financial services companies are investing in to advocate policies to help drive the U.S. economy forward.”


“While it has been an honor to serve on the White House National Economic Council, I am excited for the opportunity to help launch a new organization that will advance thoughtful policies for an industry so critical to the growth of our economy,” said Ms. Knight.


Ms. Knight currently serves as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the NEC. Prior to joining the White House, she was Vice President in the Public Affairs and Policy Group at Fidelity Investments. Ms. Knight formerly served on the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. In her last role at the committee, she was the Senior Advisor to the Chairman, where she led the Committee’s legislative and policy operations. Knight also worked at the Joint Economic Committee, where she was responsible for writing policy papers on various tax and budget issues. Her research has been cited in a wide range of publications. Knight holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in economics from George Mason University.


In March, The Clearing House Association and the Financial Services Roundtable announced they would combine the highly respected thought leadership of The Clearing House Association with the Financial Services Roundtable’s advocacy and technology policy capacity (BITS).  The new organization will be a research-driven public policy organization led by CEO’s large banks with the mission of advocating for and advancing the interests of large banks, so that they can help ensure that consumers, companies, and investors have the credit, capital, and ideas needed to drive the U.S. economy.