Michael Decker currently serves as Managing Director and co-head of municipal securities at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), a position he has held since October 2009.� In that role Michael oversees many of the association’s initiatives regarding municipal bonds and related products.Previously Michael was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Bond Dealers Association (RBDA), now known as the Bond Dealers of America.� Michael was responsible for representing the interests of RBDA’s members before federal legislative and regulatory bodies and managing a wide variety of RBDA functions and services.Prior to RBDA, Michael was Senior Managing Director for Research and Public Policy for SIFMA and its predecessor organization, the Bond Market Association.� Michael oversaw SIFMA’s research activities, including analyzing industry and market trends, collecting market and industry data, and publishing research reports covering all aspects of the global securities markets. He also managed public policy development and analysis.� Before that, he was a financial consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development.Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science and chemistry, and earned a Master of Public Management degree with a concentration in public finance from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.SIFMA brings together the shared interests of hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers.� SIFMA's mission is to support a strong financial industry, investor opportunity, capital formation, job creation and economic growth, while building trust and confidence in the financial markets.� SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, DC, is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).� For more information, visit www.sifma.org.
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