Breakfast and Discussion with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer


The Common Good was proud to present The Economy, the Stimulus Package and How to get the Economy back on Track with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The speaker was introduced by Maurice Sonnenberg and was convened by Stuart Sundlun.

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland is a strong advocate of Democrats’ policies to strengthen America’s middle class, its economy, and its national security. In response to the recession, Congressman Hoyer helped lead House passage of investments and tax cuts that non-partisan experts say are responsible for 3 million jobs. He is also spearheading the Make It In America agenda, a plan to rebuild American manufacturing and its well-paying jobs. He made crucial contributions to the passage of legislation to expand access to affordable health care to all Americans, as well as new common-sense rules to rein in Wall Street excesses and protect consumers while upholding the free market.


Maurice Sonnenberg is the Senior International Advisor at the investment banking firm of JPMorgan and a Senior International Advisor to the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. He has been an advisor in the fields of foreign policy, international trade, finance and intelligence to five Presidential Administrations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he served on the Council’s Independent Task Force on Terrorist Financing, and is presently on the Foreign Affairs magazine Advisory Board. Among his awards is the Order of the Mexican Aztec Eagle (Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca) in 2001, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Stuart Sundlun is a Managing Director of BMB Advisors, a merchant banking group focusing on the Emerging Markets. In addition to private equity, BMB has created ShARE, which provides access for Islamic Sharia investors to leading alternative asset managers. Mr. Sundlun was one of the founders and serves as Board Member of The Dignity Fund which makes micro finance loans in developing countries. Active in business ventures in Russia since 1994, he currently serves on the board of South Oil. He was an unofficial advisor to his father, the Honorable Bruce Sundlun, during his five campaigns for Governor of Rhode Island.

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