Lon Goldstein, President at GoldsteinCope Policy Solutions LLC, has over 20 years of professional experience in public policy. In Washington, Lon has worked in leadership positions in the financial services, media, and telecommunications industries.
Most recently, Lon served as Senior Vice President, Government Relations at CIT Group Inc., a financial holding company with more than $50 billion in assets. In 2010, he established the first Washington, DC office for CIT Group. In a report published during the CIT-OneWest merger titled “Thoughts about Washington’s Perception of CIT Group,” Cowen Washington Research Group analyst Jaret Seiberg stated, “CIT Group has one of the best Washington teams of any of the banks. That means smoother relations on Capitol Hill and with the regulators.”
Because of CIT’s extensive middle-market lending and transportation leasing portfolio, Lon has expertise in a wide range of public policy issues, advising clients in various sectors that include energy, transportation, health care, and gaming. Moreover, he managed CIT’s Capitol Hill outreach during the firm’s acquisition of OneWest Bank, which established CIT as the first institution to cross the $50 billion threshold for systemically important financial institutions.
Lon’s financial services experience also includes a senior position in the Washington office of Merrill Lynch, where he helped manage the firm’s response to the 2008 financial crisis.
For six years, he served as Vice President, Government Relations at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the principal trade association of the cable industry in the United States. He was responsible for congressional advocacy for an industry association representing national cable operators and more than 200 cable program networks. Lon’s telecommunications experience also includes advocacy positions at T-Mobile and CTIA, the wireless association.
On Capitol Hill, Lon worked as a policy advisor to Congressman Dick Zimmer (R-NJ). He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Lehigh University and a Master of Philosophy in Comparative Politics from Glasgow University.