Jonathan Blum

Public Policy Advisor

Jonathan Blum leverages his deep experience in government to provide clients advice on regulatory, legislative, and political strategy to achieve their objectives in Congress and in federal agencies. With extensive experience in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the US government, he is well equipped to address complex policy issues ranging from banking regulation, anti-money laundering and fintech, to cybersecurity and insurance. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Blum served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs (Banking and Finance) for the US Department of the Treasury. In this role, Mr. Blum was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary and other senior Treasury leadership for legislative political strategy on policy related to financial sector issues and other priorities of the Office of Domestic Finance. During his tenure, he helped develop and pass a comprehensive overhaul of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws, and guided passage of the CARES Act and implementation of programs related to Federal Reserve emergency lending facilities and provisions to provide liquidity to the airline industry.

Until joining WilmerHale, Mr. Blum was Economic Policy Advisor to US Senator Todd Young (R-IN), focusing on financial services issues as part of the Senate’s efforts to bolster US competitiveness and curb China's growing economic influence, human rights abuses, and threats to US national security.

Before Treasury, Mr. Blum served in the House of Representatives, including as lead advisor to the House Financial Services Committee’s former Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) on a wide range of issues, including federal banking regulation and consumer finance, and helped develop and pass comprehensive financial regulatory reform legislation. 

In addition, Mr. Blum previously advised former US Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), a member of the Senate’s Banking Committee, and worked for former ranking member Olympia Snowe (R-ME) on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

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  • Education

    • MPA, Public Administration, University of Baltimore, 2011

      Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Public Administration
    • BA, Economics, Business Management, Washington College, 2008

  • Government Experience

    • Department of the Treasury

      Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs (Banking and Finance)