|Peter D. Rich||Mitchell Feuer||John Anderson||Sarah Brown||Tom Koonce||Andrew Palmer||Alex Teel||Jared Sawyer|
Peter D. Rich
Peter D. Rich is a founding principal of Rich Feuer Anderson.
Prior to starting Rich Feuer Anderson, Mr. Rich spent eight years at Reuters America and Instinet Corporation (an electronic agency broker and Reuters subsidiary). Mr. Rich opened the Washington Government Affairs Office for Reuters/Instinet and led the team that served as the company's primary representative before the U.S. Congress and the relevant regulatory and executive branch agencies, including the SEC, CFTC, U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Reserve Board and U.S. Trade Representative. On behalf of Instinet, Mr. Rich also worked with the company's key regulators in Europe (UK Financial Services Authority, European Commission, CESR) and Hong Kong. Mr. Rich was a Senior Vice President at Reuters America and Instinet and a member of Instinet's management committee.
Prior to joining Reuters and Instinet, Mr. Rich served as the financial services counsel to the Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Prior to his government service, Mr. Rich was a transactions attorney in the Washington, DC office of Sidley & Austin. Mr. Rich received an A.B. with high distinction from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Mitchell Feuer is a founding principal of Rich Feuer Anderson. He has been named multiple times a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper.
Prior to starting Rich Feuer Anderson, Mr. Feuer was Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, in the Washington, DC office of Reuters America Inc. and Instinet. Mr. Feuer helped set Reuters' legislative and regulatory strategy in the U.S., including identifying legislative and regulatory issues of interest and advocating the company's views. He focused on electronic trading of securities and other financial products, the consolidation and dissemination of market information, trade issues, tax issues, intellectual property, and electronic commerce. Prior to his government service, Mr. Feuer was a securities litigation attorney in the Washington, DC office of Debevoise & Plimpton.
From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Feuer was Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee. He served as chief adviser to Democratic Senators on securities issues and drafted and negotiated major pieces of financial services legislation, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. He formulated and organized Committee hearings, drafted letters to Federal financial regulators, and wrote speeches, among other duties.
In 1997 and 1998, Mr. Feuer taught Securities Regulation as an adjunct at American University's Washington College of Law. He developed a curriculum on the legal and policy background and development of the Federal securities laws.
Mr. Feuer received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and a J.D. from New York University Law School.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Anderson was Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Public Policy Americas division. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing external advocacy and working with Congress and federal financial regulators on legislative and regulatory matters impacting the bank and its clients. Mr. Anderson helped formulate Credit Suisse's government affairs strategy and managed the firm's Dodd-Frank implementation plan.
Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Anderson was a Managing Director of government affairs at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). He also served as Vice President of the Securities Industry Association, which merged with the Bond Market Association in 2006 to form SIFMA. In 2003, Mr. Anderson was named Head of Government Affairs for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and opened the organization's first Washington, DC based office.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Anderson was a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), a senior member serving on the Senate Banking, Budget and Finance Committees. He acted as staff liaison to the Senate Banking Committee and was Senator Crapo's top advisor for budget, energy, tax, transportation and trade issues. Among other issues, he worked on major financial services legislation, regulatory policy matters, and nominations.
Mr. Anderson also worked in the House of Representatives for the Honorable Jack Metcalf (R-WA), and began his career on Capitol Hill working for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Anderson serves as a board member on the American Enterprise Institute's DC Enterprise Club. He is also a member of the Exchequer Club of Washington, DC. Mr. Anderson is a regular speaker on topics relating to Dodd-Frank regulations, derivatives and market structure issues. Mr. Anderson received his M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University's School of Public Policy and an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. He also studied language at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
Sarah Brown brings first-hand knowledge of banking and financial services policy to Rich Feuer Anderson following her service on Capitol Hill, where she worked for Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ).
As a legislative aide for Congressman Neugebauer, Chairman of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, Ms. Brown performed in-depth research and analysis on issues like short-term financing in the U.S. capital markets, SEC corporate governance regulation, and the oversight of financial regulators, SROs, and accounting and auditing standards-setters. Ms. Brown was also responsible for meeting with relevant industry stakeholders, hearing preparation, and participating in committee proceedings.
In her role as a financial services research fellow for Congressman Schweikert, Ms. Brown authored several reports and memos regarding bitcoin and blockchain technology, the U.S. corporate tax system, territorial tax systems, and anti-avoidance rules.
Ms. Brown began her career on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX), Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Ms. Brown received a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Economics from Texas Lutheran University.
Tom Koonce has over 15 years experience in federal government affairs. Prior to joining RFA, Mr. Koonce was an Executive Director, Federal Government Relations and Public Policy, for JPMorgan Chase, which he joined in 2010. At JPMorgan, Mr. Koonce focused on consumer and retail issues as well as issues affecting the firm’s Asset Management and Corporate & Investment Bank business lines.
Before working for JPMorgan, Mr. Koonce served as Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). In this position, he managed the day-to-day operations of MBA’s legislative team, including federal and state lobbying efforts, the association’s PAC and grassroots advocacy.
Prior to MBA, Mr. Koonce worked for over three years with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) as Assistant Vice President, Federal Government Affairs. At IIABA, he not only briefed and communicated with IIABA leadership and general members on federal legislative and regulatory issues, but also ran coalitions and committees for the association. Before joining IIABA, Mr. Koonce was a Manager in Accenture’s Government Relations office.
Mr. Koonce also previously served as the Legislative Director for Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), where he oversaw Rep. Miller’s legislative agenda and served as the congressman’s top aide on House Financial Services Committee matters. This was Mr. Koonce’s second stint on Capitol Hill, where he also previously was a legislative assistant for Rep. Stephen Neal (D-NC).
Mr. Koonce is a native of Lumberton, NC and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Davidson College and a JD from William & Mary School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, he worked for four years as a corporate antitrust associate at the law firm of Clifford Chance in Washington, DC.
Andrew Palmer joins RFA from Capitol Hill, where he served most recently as Legislative Assistant for Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN). Prior to that Mr. Palmer worked in the same capacity for Representative Stephen Fincher (R-TN). In those roles Mr. Palmer developed an ardent interest and understanding of banking and financial services policy.
As Legislative Assistant for Representative Fleischmann, Mr. Palmer oversaw a diverse portfolio of issues including appropriations, financial services, transportation, housing and telecommunications. Mr. Palmer possesses a robust knowledge of the Federal legislative process, specifically with respect to the crafting and consideration of appropriations bills. As an aide to Representative Fincher, Mr. Palmer served a vital role in the passage of legislation to reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Mr. Palmer began his career in the office of Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and has been active on several Republican congressional campaigns.
Mr. Palmer received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Syracuse University.
Alex Teel brings to Rich Feuer Anderson diverse policy and legislative experience from his service as the Designee for Chairman Emeritus Spencer Bachus (R-AL) to the House Committee on Financial Services and as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee.
In his capacity as Designee, Mr. Teel managed the activities of Chairman Emeritus Bachus before the Financial Services Committee, including the development of legislation and participation in Committee proceedings. He provided counsel on a wide range of policy and regulatory proposals affecting all aspects of financial markets and institutions.
As a Professional Staff Member serving both the Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee and the International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, Mr. Teel worked on a range of issues affecting domestic and international financial institutions. His portfolio included the Federal Reserve, international financial institutions, money laundering, cybercrime, emerging payments, the Export-Import Bank and other trade agencies, the Defense Production Act, and coins and currency. He helped steward the passage of the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization of 2012, capital increases for several multilateral development banks, and staffed the Speaker’s Cyber Security Task Force on behalf of the Financial Services Committee.
In addition, Mr. Teel served as the Financial Services Legislative Assistant for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R- SC), providing strategic counsel on financial markets, cyber security, intelligence, transportation, science and technology and economic policy.
Mr. Teel received a B.A. in Finance and a M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Alabama.
Jared Sawyer is widely regarded as a financial services policy expert on issues related to prudential banking regulation, consumer financial protection, insurance, cybersecurity and FinTech.
Prior to joining RFA, Mr. Sawyer was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. At Treasury, Mr. Sawyer managed and directed the operations of the Office of Financial Institutions, the Federal Insurance Office, and the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection. Mr. Sawyer served on the leadership team for Treasury’s public policy reports and served as a senior member of Treasury’s housing finance working group. Further, he was the project and policy lead in the drafting and publication of the 2017 Treasury Executive Order Report on Asset Management and Insurance, and led Treasury’s work to complete and sign the U.S. – E.U. Covered Agreement for Insurance and Reinsurance.
Mr. Sawyer had the honor of being selected to serve for two months as Acting Assistant Secretary, Financial Institutions overseeing a team of 140 Treasury staff, and being designated by the Secretary to serve as board member for the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).
Before joining Treasury, Mr. Sawyer served in senior policy roles on the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee. At the Senate Banking Committee, Mr. Sawyer served Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) on two separate occasions as counsel and senior counsel managing an issues portfolio of prudential regulation, consumer credit, and FinTech. In the House, Mr. Sawyer managed and directed the operations of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit as former Chairman Randy Neugebauer’s (R-TX) designee and lead policy advisor.
Prior to government service, Mr. Sawyer worked for Citigroup as Vice President, Legislative Analyst for Citi’s government affairs team based in Washington, D.C. There he focused his work on state legislatures, state attorneys general and governors.
Mr. Sawyer is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at trade association conferences, market conferences, and client presentations on financial institutions policy.
Mr. Sawyer received a B.A. from Holy Cross College and a J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law.