Damon A. Silvers
Director of Policy and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO
Damon A. Silvers is the Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO. Mr. Silvers also was appointed jointly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as Deputy Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, and is a member of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee. Mr. Silvers is also a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group and Investor Advisory Group.
Mr. Silvers is the primary author of “A Response to Vice-Chancellor Leo Strine Jr.’s, Toward Common Sense and Common Ground? Reflections on the Shared Interests of Managers and Labor in a More Rational System of Corporate Governance,” published in The Journal of Corporation Law (2007), “The Current State of Auditing as a Profession: A View from Worker-Owners,” published in Accounting Horizons (2007), and “Securities and Exchange Commission: Restoring the Capital Markets Regulator and Responding to Crisis,” published in Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President (2008). He is also the author of “The Legacy of Deregulation and the Financial Crisis—Linkages Between Deregulation in Labor Markets, Housing Finance Markets, and the Broader Financial Markets,” published in The Journal of Business & Technology Law (2009) and “Rebuilding Workers’ Retirement Security: A Labor Perspective on Private Pension Reform,” published in Restructuring Retirement Risk Management in a Defined Contribution World (2010).
Prior to working for the AFL-CIO, Mr. Silvers was a law clerk at the Delaware Court of Chancery for Chancellor William T. Allen and Vice-Chancellor Bernard Balick. Mr. Silvers received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School. He received his M.B.A. with high honors from Harvard Business School and is a Baker Scholar. Mr. Silvers is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, and has studied history at Kings College, Cambridge University.