Michael Affuso brings a wealth of political know-how to his work at the New Jersey Bankers Association. He’s run governmental relations for the organization since 2008, after serving first as campaign manager and then deputy district director and general counsel for U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-8th District. Before that, he was associate general counsel for the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office.
Affuso starts a new chapter at the association on July 1, when he takes over as president and CEO, replacing John McWeeney, who is retiring. McWeeney noted his successor’s background in the announcement of his promotion, calling him the “natural choice.”
“His knowledge of the banking industry and legislative process combined with leadership skills will allow him to continue to move the Association and banking industry forward,” he said.
NJBIZ recently spoke with Affuso about how he will meet the challenges wrought by economic and geopolitical turmoil. “What I bring I think is this cumulative knowledge of how government works in New Jersey, how politics works. And what I’ve learned over the past 14 years about how banking works,” he said. “It’s really just kind of an amalgam of both of those portfolios. I have some definite ideas about how we have to move ahead in the future … Our industry is rapidly changing so the trade association that represents them needs to change at the same pace.”
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