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Silverman Makes Committee Click

Shevick, who now works as the chief financial officer for venture-backed company Cobalt Biofuels, also worked with Silverman at HUD.

“He’s got a great sense of the ideal thing to do and the possible thing to do,” Shevick said, a distinction important in crafting any legislation.

Silverman comes to the committee filling a key vacancy, after longtime Dodd aide Shawn Maher left the committee to become the Obama administration’s liaison to the Senate.

“I empower strong, knowledgeable people to do their job,” Silverman said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ve got good people.”

Armed with decades of financial services policy knowledge, Silverman is regarded as a politically attuned and experienced staffer. But even more than his policy prowess, his team and others appreciate his sense of humor. “He keeps everyone cracking up even when it’s stressful,” one of his fellow committee staff members said.

Scott DeFife, senior managing director of government affairs for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, said Silverman is “one of the more engaging and entertaining guys in the industry.”

“He’s very good at kicking off the discussion with the right tone,” DeFife said. “He breaks the ice well when there’s a serious matter to discuss.”

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