Dennis M. Kelleher is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Better Markets, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that promotes the public interest in the U.S. and global financial markets. Better Markets is a Wall Street watchdog and has been referred to as “a persistent thorn in the side of Wall Street.”
Mr. Kelleher, “the man Wall Street loves to hate,” according to one of the most respected financial markets journalists, joined Better Markets after three decades of experience in the public, private, political, charitable and nonprofit sectors. He has been profiled in The New York Times (“Facing Down the Bankers”) and on PBS (“Braking the Banks”).
He has held several senior staff positions in the United States Senate, most recently as the Chief Counsel and Senior Leadership Advisor to the Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Previously, he was a Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel to a Senate Committee as well as a Legislative Director for a senior member of the Senate.
Mr. Kelleher is an internationally sought expert on financial reform, financial markets, economics, regulation, legal issues and their intersection with political matters. In addition to testifying in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he also speaks frequently in the U.S. and Europe on these matters at conferences, seminars and symposiums as well as on all media platforms. He is a regular guest on ABC News, PBS, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business News, BBC and NPR. He is often quoted in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Roll Call, Politico, The Hill, Die Zeit, Le Monde and many other domestic and international print and online publications.
Mr. Kelleher was a litigation partner with the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he had a U.S. and European practice specializing in the securities and financial markets as well as corporate conduct/misconduct.
These activities followed four years of active duty enlisted service in the Air Force as a crash/rescue firefighter/medic, which preceded his graduation with highest honors from Brandeis University and with honors Harvard Law School.