Bond Dealers of America

Leadership

Mike Nicholas
Chief Executive Officer
Bond Dealers of America

Mike Nicholas is CEO of the Bond Dealers of America, the only DC based trade association representing securities dealers and banks focused on the U.S. fixed income markets.  In this role, Mike is responsible for all aspects of BDA growth, strategy and operations.  This includes federal lobbying and advocacy, marketing, communications, member relations and agenda development. Prior to the BDA, Mike spent ten years as Managing Director at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and Vice President at The Bond Market Association.  At SIFMA and the BMA, Mike directed all regional dealer capital markets activities while also managing a variety of other departments including the political action committee, issuer relations and member outreach. Prior to joining the BMA, Mike worked in the fixed income capital markets division at Morgan Keegan & Company in Memphis, Tennessee.  Prior to that, Mike served as the district field representative to former U.S. Representative Don Sundquist.  Mike lives in Vienna, VA with his wife and three children.

Jessica Giroux
Senior Counsel & Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory Policy
Bond Dealers of America

Jessica Giroux is Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs for the Bond Dealers of America. She is also responsible for member engagement, outreach to regulators, research, analysis and information collection regarding regulatory initiatives derived from efforts at the FINRA, the MSRB and the SEC.

Prior to joining the BDA, Jessica served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to New York State Senator James Alesi where she led the office’s legislative initiatives, including drafting bills for consideration by the full Senate.  Jessica also spend four years in the DC offices of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg where she was senior legislative staff focusing on issues related to transportation, energy, environment, census and immigration.

Jessica obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany a law degree from Albany Law School of Union University.  She is is admitted to the New York State and U.S. Supreme Court bar.