- Director, Center for Capital Market Competitiveness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Will Gardner is a director of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC). He leads CCMC’s portfolios on banking and insurance issues and manages its work with the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC).
Gardner joined the Chamber from the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA). There he was director of government relations and responsible for advancing the association’s policies throughout the federal government. He advocated for SBIA legislative and regulatory matters with members of Congress and their staffs, as well as with federal regulatory agencies. In addition, Gardner was SBIA’s primary contact on Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) and Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) issues and led the association’s SBIC and RBIC councils.
Before joining SBIA, Gardner served as staff director on the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development and as legislative assistant to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Prior to that, he spent two years as a legislative staffer in the U.S. House. While on Capitol Hill, he advised members on banking and financial services, oversight and government reform, judiciary, commerce, budget, and transportation.
Gardner holds a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia.