Last week, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions announced the hiring of Gregory Mesack as senior vice president of government affairs, bringing more than two decades of experience in financial services policy advocacy.

In this role, NAFCU said Mesack will lead the association’s legislative, political, regulatory, compliance assistance, research and economic divisions.

In the past, Mesack has been named one of the top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper.

Mesack joins NAFCU from the law and lobbying firm of GrayRobinson where he advocated on behalf of clients to policymakers and regulators. Prior to that position, he was at Eris Group where he was managing director and partner.

Mesack’s clients have included:

— Mortgage Bankers Association
— Financial Services Institute
— Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
— TransUnion
— PayPal
— Western Union
— Nike

Previously, Mesack also was vice president of government affairs for America’s Community Bankers.

Before joining the private sector, Mesack worked on Capitol Hill where he advised several members of Congress.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Greg to the NAFCU team; his extensive experience advocating on behalf of multifaceted companies to policymakers and regulators will allow him to hit the ground running on behalf of our members,” NAFCU president and chief executive officer Dan Berger said in a news release.

“As Congress and the Administration continues to work on policies to facilitate an economic recovery, I’m confident that Greg’s extensive experience will allow him to effectively advocate the credit union difference to policymakers and continue to build on our successes,” Berger went on to say.