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John M. Damgard

Position Trustee
Job Title
Industy Expert

Damgard served as president of the Futures Industry Association (FIA) from 1982 to his retirement in March 2012. He  guided the association and the industry through stock market crashes, the Barings crisis and the terrorist attacks of September 2001. During his career, he has championed competitive markets, cross-border trading and fought to protect the industry from costly new taxes and unnecessary regulations.

Prior to joining the FIA, Damgard directed the Washington office of ACLI International. Before that he served as deputy assistant and acting assistant secretary of agriculture and was responsible for the major marketing and regulatory functions at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). During his time at the USDA, he was responsible for obtaining exclusive federal jurisdiction over the futures markets. Damgard served on the White House staff as assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Damgard is the founder of the Institute for Financial Markets and has served as an Trustee since 1989.