Vice President and Director of Business and Government Policy and Chief of Staff Committee for Economic Development
Michael Petro serves as CED's Vice President and Director of Business and Government Policy and Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Mr. Petro is responsible for connecting CED's policy projects and activities to the business community, government officials, and members of the media.
In recent years, Mr. Petro has been successful in helping build new constituencies around such issues as campaign finance reform, trade and globalization, K-12 education reform, and early childhood education. Of particular note was CED's effort to engage and mobilize business leaders around campaign finance reform.
Prior to joining CED, Petro served as Vice President for the Center for National Policy. For over seven years he was responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the public policy organization. He played an instrumental role in directing the organization's political and communications agenda.
Petro has had extensive interaction and dealings with government and business leaders of various Asian countries. He led a congressional staff delegation to Taiwan and Hong Kong and participated in a trip to South Korea led by former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley. In addition, he has assisted in projects dealing with U.S. policy toward Cambodia and Vietnam.
He has been active in a variety of political activities, including his work on the presidential campaigns of John Glenn and Walter Mondale, serving as National Finance Director for Bob Graham's 1986 Senate Campaign and working as Executive Director of the Democratic Business Council.
Petro studied at Brunel University in England and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport.