Greg Zerzan

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Greg Zerzan


Greg Zerzan is an attorney and former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush. He has held several prominent posts in government and is a frequent speaker on markets and public policy matters.

Early life and education[edit]

Zerzan is the youngest son of Charles J. Zerzan Jr. and Joan Kathan Zerzan.[2] Charles Zerzan, Jr. was a noted physician and decorated military officer;[3] Zerzan's grandfather, Charles Zerzan Sr., was likewise a distinguished U.S. Army veteran.[4] Joan Zerzan was a noted Oregonian widely respected for an array of talents.[5] Zerzan grew up in Portland, Oregon, and attended both undergraduate and law school at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.[6] While at Willamette he worked in the Oregon State Legislature as an aid to various members of the State House and Senate. He was a member of the Delta Zeta chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and alumnus of the Order of Triple Omega.


Zerzan has worked in several prominent positions in the U.S. government, starting with his service as counsel and general counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. He later became senior counsel to the House Committee on Banking, and the House Committee on Financial Services. In these positions he was instrumental in helping create legislation such as the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.[7]

In March 2003, Zerzan was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Policy in the Administration of President George W. Bush.[8] Later Zerzan became Acting Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions.[9] While at the U.S. Treasury Zerzan was one of the foremost proponents of reform of the Government Sponsored Enterprises, early on calling for regulatory improvements to limit the systemic risk the entities posed to the US financial system.[10] Zerzan was also a strong proponent of tax cuts and reducing the size of US government programs, which he felt posed an unacceptable risk to U.S. taxpayers.[11] Zerzan also oversaw the office of Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, and was responsible for managing the implementation of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.[12]

After leaving the US Government Zerzan became counsel and head of global public policy for ISDA, which is the financial trade association which oversees the over-the-counter derivatives industry. In this position Zerzan worked with government and industry leaders around the world to help manage policy related to privately negotiated risk management contracts.[13]

Zerzan frequently testified before the United States Congress[14] and appears on television and in print discussing matters related to markets and U.S. government policy.[15][16] Zerzan is also a Senior Fellow at the law school of the University of Melbourne, Australia.[17] Zerzan serves on the Board of Cure SMA, a non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.[18] He is also a Board Member of the Commodity Markets Council, a trade association serving members of the commodity derivatives marketplace [19] and is currently a Director at Koch Industries.[20][21][22]


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  2. ^ Congressional Record (February 4, 1998);
  3. ^ Congressional Record (June 3, 2008)
  4. ^ The United Service, NY Times, (June 3, 1917)
  5. ^ Remarks Commemorating the Life of Joan Zerzan, Congressional Record, March 13, 2013
  6. ^ Roll Call, (March 6, 2003)
  7. ^ Roll Call,( March 6, 2003) Sarbanes Oxley Act Draws Criticism (Sept. 20, 2002)
  8. ^ Treasury Department Names Zerzan (March 3, 2003)
  9. ^ Prominent People, FIA Magazine (May/June 2005)
  10. ^ Remarks of Greg Zerzan, Acting Assistant Secretary (May 18, 2005)
  11. ^ Remarks of Deputy Assistant Secretary Greg Zerzan (April 22, 2003)
  12. ^ Terrorism Risk Insurance, Trade Deficit and Regulation Form Focus of 2nd Annual Summit (March 5, 2005)
  13. ^ Greg Zerzan Joins ISDA (March 16, 2006)
  14. ^ Testimony of the Honorable Greg Zerzan (June 2, 2004); Testimony of Greg Zerzan (September 26, 2007)
  15. ^ Energy Manipulation (December 1, 2007) ; Fox Business Video (various dates)
  16. ^ Dollar is a national security issue, Washington Times, October 16, 2009] ; More Government Healthcare Means a Smaller Military, Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2009] ; Wall Street Reform Hits Main Street, Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2009] ; Zombieland,, January 6, 2010,]
  17. ^ Melbourne Law Masters Faculty (October 2008)
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