David Metzner has been with American Continental Group since 1994. In this capacity, he has assisted corporate and nonprofit organizations in understanding the development of public policy. Mr. Metzner has consulted for over twenty-five years on the federal nature of the American Government and the interplay between the states and Washington and foreign governments in the development of public policy. This has included national debates about the regulation of the financial markets, intellectual property, foreign policy, the arts and public diplomacy.
In 2007, Mr. Metzner assumed the leadership of ACG Analytics, the firm’s financial industry consulting offering, which offers money managers the opportunity to gain insight into how public policy can affect their investment decisions. This has included the sub-prime housing crisis, government conservatorship of the GSEs, the TARP program, government assistance for the automakers, Cap and Trade, energy policy, and financial industry reorganization.
He began his public policy career as the Director of Legislative Affairs for The Singer Company. He assisted the CEO and other senior executives in developing corporate positions on tax policy, international trade, and national security. During this period, he often spoke to corporate employees about the private sector’s role in policy development at the state, local, and federal levels of government.
In January 2009, Mr. Metzner completed his six-year Presidential appointment as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In this capacity, he focused his efforts on strengthening the Center’s programming on Globalization, China, and Latin America. He led the Board’s initiative in creating the Kissinger Institute on China-United States Relations. Congressman Lee Hamilton, the Wilson Center’s President, called this the “Center’s most important initiative in thirty years”. The Chinese Government has enthusiastically endorsed the Institute for its leadership in the two nations’ bilateral relations.
Mr. Metzner serves on the Institute’s Advisory Board which is chaired by Dr. Kissinger and Xu Kuangdi, the former Mayor of Shanghai. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington and the National Committee on US-China Relations. Mr. Metzner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University, a Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center. While at Fletcher, he produced a highly regarded thesis on the role of the Vice President in Foreign Policy. At George Washington, he did research on government procurement policy and its effect on the economy.
He resides in Washington, D.C., and is married to the former Viktoria Jerch and has four daughters and three dogs.